'Hadestown' racks up eight Tony Awards and makes Broadway history

Actor Kelli O'Hara Best Leading Actress in a Musical nominee arrives for the 2019 Tony Awards'Meet The Nominees Press Reception in New York

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"This Is Not a Pipeline Issue": Rachel Chavkin won Best Director for Hadestown-the 10th woman to win a Best Director Tony, and only the fourth to win for a musical. "This is not a pipeline issue", she said. Her other nominees in the category were all white men.

The supporting musical actress Tony went to Ali Stroker for a reinvented staging of the classic musical, "Oklahoma!", which won best revival of a musical.

During her acceptance speech, Stroker took the time to recognize any children at home with a disability who have dreams to be in show business: "This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena".

"The Ferryman", British playwright Jez Butterworth's wrenching examination of a family during the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, won best play and best director for Sam Mendes.

The bountiful crop of Tony wins for "Hadestown, " a folk- and jazz-infused retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, followed a lengthy and circuitous journey for the show. "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people".

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The production also picked up the awards for best scenic design and best costume design. "But when it works, it's like nowhere else in the world".

André DeShields' 3 Rules of Life: When accepting the Tony for his role as Hermes in Hadestown, this Baltimore native shared the keys to success that he's learned over the 73 years he's been on "this Earth plane".

Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band was named best revival of a play, an idea from the TV mogul Ryan Murphy who is soon set to adapt the drama, about a group of gay men gathering for a birthday party, for Netflix. "Ink" actor Bertie Carvel and "To Kill a Mockingbird" actress Celia Keenan-Bolger won for their featured performances.

CBS will air the three-hour event live at 8/7c, at which time subscribers of CBS All Access can also tune in to catch the show live on the streaming platform. "Yes, there's always backlash from the people who think it's wrong and unacceptable, but there's also always 10 times the amount of people who say, 'Thank you, we feel seen and represented; this should be the norm.' It's been fantastic the amount of love and support we get". "I love you. We did it!"

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