The Menier Chocolate Factory and Young Vic headed up the British division at the 70th Annual Tony Awards last night at the Beacon Theatre, New York. The Colour Purple, which ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013, won two awards: Best Revival Of A Musical and Best Performance By A Leading Actress In A Musical for Cynthia Erivo, who starred in the original London production. Ivo Van Hove won Best Director for the Young Vic’s transfer of A View From The Bridge, repeating his win from the 2015 Olivier Awards with MasterCard.
Although British transfers scored 15 nominations, including the Olivier Award-winning play King Charles III, and the Almeida’s original musical American Psycho, the night was dominated by Lin Manuel Miranda’s Grammy and Pulitzer prize-winning musical Hamilton (which has just announced its 2017 West End transfer), scooping up 11 awards. British actor James Corden was the evening’s charismatic host, performing an impressive opening number penned by Gary Barlow, featuring a score of award-winning musicals, including The Lion King, Les Misérables, The Phantom Of The Opera and Evita.