Tony Awards 2024 WINNERS: Jeremy Strong kicks off Broadway's biggest night as they earn Lead Actor in a Play for Enemy Of The People

Jeremy Strong kicked of the 77th Tony Awards with a win in the Lead Actor in a Play category.

The 45-year-old Succession actor was recognized for his work in the play Enemy Of The People.

He beat out an impressive field including: William Jackson Harper for Uncle Vanya, Leslie Odom, Jr. for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch, Liev Schreiber for Doubt: A Parable, and Michael Stuhlbarg for Patriots.

Jeremy was emotional as he thanked the cast, crew and venue Circle In The Square Theatre before thanking the staff of the space.

He humorously said: 'Yeah, I want to thank the ushers and the front of house staff.  Who see me walking in every day looking like I've just been run over by a truck, and see me walk out somehow looking even worse.

Jeremy Strong kicked of the 77th Tony Awards with a win in the Lead Actor in a Play category.

Jeremy Strong kicked of the 77th Tony Awards with a win in the Lead Actor in a Play category.

'With, like, bits of pretzels and aquavit in my hair. Linda, think of reselling 50,000 buttons back onto my shirt every night. Molly Kearns, I couldn't have done this without you. I think a lot of people in this room sure that sentiment. Sam and Amy, you guys, thank you. This is crazy.'

'Sam, thank you for being everything an actor could hope for in a director, and for bringing new meaning to the term "Ice bucket challenge."'

He went on to thank playwright Amy Herzog as he said: 'Amy, for your masterful work on this play. Last time I did a play of yours, I met Emma, my wife, who I now have three beautiful children with, and now this play.

' Real quick, this play is a cry from the heart, and expectation to face the difficult truths steering us down right now. It has been a privilege to give its warning and it's hoped audiences. This is my mom and my dad who are here tonight, somewhere. Mom, dad, thank you for allowing me to imagine. Thank you so much.'

The event was hosted by Ariana DeBose  who had previously been nominated in the Best Featured Actress in a Musical category for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

The 32-year-old Wilmington, North Carolina native also also won an Oscar for Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of the Broadway classic West Side Story. 

She kicked off the event with a fun song and dance before addressing the star-studded crowd with a monologue recognizing all the efforts made on stages throughout the country in American theater.

The 77th Tony Awards took place at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City.

 

Angelina Jolie will be hitting the stage as she leads the star-studded presenters list.

The 49-year-old A-lister will be the top name bestowing honors on Broadway's biggest night on Sunday as nominations were announced back in April.

She is not the only big name hitting the stage as other presenters include Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Patrick Wilson, and Nick Jonas will also have important duties.

In addition Idina Menzel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Nate Burleson, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Gad, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Sean Hayes will also be presenting.

Angelina Jolie will be hitting the stage at the Tony Awards 2024 as she leads the star-studded presenters list at Sunday's event

Angelina Jolie will be hitting the stage at the Tony Awards 2024 as she leads the star-studded presenters list at Sunday's event

Rounding out the list are  Ashley Park, Jim Parsons, Wendell Pierce, Ben Platt, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Rannells, Solomon Thomas, Taylor Tomlinson, Pete Townshend, Tamara Tunie, and Adrienne Warren.

Jolie definitely has a lot of interest in this year's ceremony as she serves as producer of The Outsiders musical which is up for a whopping 12 awards including the coveted top honor Best Musical.

The Tony Awards 2024 nominations were announced in April with big names including Rachel McAdams, the Alicia Keys musical, Daniel Radcliffe recognized.

The Kristoffer Diaz musical Hell's Kitchen and David Adjmi drama Stereophonic led the way with most nods as they tied for 13 with the aforementioned Jolie's The Outsiders coming in third for nominations with 12.

One of the nominees for best musical is Hell's Kitchen, a jukebox musical featuring songs by Alicia and loosely based on her life.

Hell's Kitchen was the most nominated musical, with 13 nods - a feat equaled this year only by the straight play Stereophonic about a 1970s rock band.

She is not the only big name hitting the stage as other presenters include Taraji P. Henson (pictured), Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Patrick Wilson, and Nick Jonas will also have important duties.
Jennifer Hudson is seen in Maryland on May 31

She is not the only big name hitting the stage as other presenters include Taraji P. Henson (pictured left), Jennifer Hudson (right), Jeffrey Wright, Patrick Wilson, and Nick Jonas will also have important duties

Jolie definitely has a lot of interest in this year's ceremony as she serves as producer of The Outsiders musical which is up for a whopping 12 awards including the coveted top honor Best Musical

Jolie definitely has a lot of interest in this year's ceremony as she serves as producer of The Outsiders musical which is up for a whopping 12 awards including the coveted top honor Best Musical

Jolie appeared on the red carpet for opening night of the critically-acclaimed musical in New York back on April 11

Jolie appeared on the red carpet for opening night of the critically-acclaimed musical in New York back on April 11

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The other best musical nominees include Suffs, a show about the suffragettes that has Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai among its producers.

Illinoise, a jukebox musical of Sufjan Stevens' work, and The Outsider, based on the classic young adult novel of the same name, are also up for the top prize.

The best musical nominations were rounded out by Water For Elephants, an adaptation of the bestselling novel that was previously made into a movie starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

Notable snubs for best musical included the Britney Spears show Once Upon A One More Time, the as well as the adaptations of the classic movies Back To The Future, The Notebook and Days Of Wine And Roses.

Rachel McAdams was nominated for best lead actress in a play in honor of her work in Mary Jane, starring her as the mother of a son with cerebral palsy.

She is up against Sarah Paulson for Appropriate, a dark comedy about three siblings feuding over their father's estate after his death.

Jessica Lange is up for Mother Play, playing the mother of teens portrayed by Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger and The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons.

The category includes Betsy Aidem in Prayer For The French Republic, a dark comedy by Joshua Harmon about mounting antisemitism in France.

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Rachel McAdams (pictured onstage in Mary Jane), Alicia Keys, Liev Schreiber and more stars earned Tony Award nominations when they were announced in April

Rachel McAdams (pictured onstage in Mary Jane), Alicia Keys, Liev Schreiber and more stars earned Tony Award nominations when they were announced in April

One of the nominees for best musical is Hell's Kitchen, a jukebox musical featuring songs by Alicia and loosely based on her life; Alicia is pictured at its opening night earlier this month

One of the nominees for best musical is Hell's Kitchen, a jukebox musical featuring songs by Alicia and loosely based on her life; Alicia is pictured at its opening night earlier this month

Daniel Radcliffe is nominated for best supporting actor in a musical for his role in a revival of  Merrily We Roll Along, which he is pictured promoting at the 92nd Street Y

Daniel Radcliffe is nominated for best supporting actor in a musical for his role in a revival of  Merrily We Roll Along, which he is pictured promoting at the 92nd Street Y

Daniel is pictured on the opening night of Merrily We Roll Along with Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, who are also nominated for their parts in the show

Daniel is pictured on the opening night of Merrily We Roll Along with Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, who are also nominated for their parts in the show

Amy Ryan (left) and Liev Schreiber (right) are both pictured opening night of Doubt: A Parable, in roles played onscreen by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Amy Ryan (left) and Liev Schreiber (right) are both pictured opening night of Doubt: A Parable, in roles played onscreen by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman

A new revival of the 1960s show Cabaret stars Eddie Redmayne, who is pictured at its opening night is nominated for best lead actor in a musical

A new revival of the 1960s show Cabaret stars Eddie Redmayne, who is pictured at its opening night is nominated for best lead actor in a musical

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Rachel's category is rounded out by Amy Ryan for the lead role in John Patrick Shanley's classic drama Doubt: A Parable, which was made into an acclaimed movie starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis.

Liev Schreiber is nominated for best lead actor in a play for Doubt: A Parable, playing the role of the priest accused of molesting a young boy.

He is up against a formidable group of thespians including Succession star Jeremy Strong in a revival of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People.

William Jackson Harper is also nominated in that category for Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, as is Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch and Michael Stuhlbarg for Patriots.

Jim Parsons in Mother Play is nominated for best featured actor in a play, against Corey Stoll for Appropriate and Will Brill, Eli Gelb and Tom Pecinka, all three for the play Stereophonic about a rising 1970s rock band.

The best featured actress in a play nods went to Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Doubt, Juliana Canfield and Sarah Pidgeon in Stereophonic, Celia Keenan-Bolger in Mother Play and Kara Young in Purlie Victorious.

Daniel Radcliffe is nominated for best supporting actor in a musical for his role in a revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along, a polarizing 1980s piece that unfolds backwards in time.

His competitors are Roger Bart in Back To The Future: The Musical, Joshua Boone and Sky Lakota-Lynch in The Outsiders, Brandon Victor Dixon in Hell's Kitchen and Steven Skybell in the new revival of Cabaret.

Jessica Lange (center) and Jim Parsons (right) are both nominated for Mother Play, whose opening night they are pictured at with their co-star Celia Keenan-Bolger (left)

Jessica Lange (center) and Jim Parsons (right) are both nominated for Mother Play, whose opening night they are pictured at with their co-star Celia Keenan-Bolger (left)

Notable snubs include the Britney Spear jukebox musical Once Upon A One More Time

Notable snubs include the Britney Spear jukebox musical Once Upon A One More Time

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Cabaret, with a score by Fred Ebb and John Kander and a book by Joe Masteroff, first opened on Broadway in 1966 and became an instant sensation, later adapted into a movie starring Liza Minnelli and directed by Bob Fosse.

Now rechristened Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club, the revival stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in the role of the master of ceremonies.

Eddie is nominated for best lead actor in a musical, in a category that includes Looking star Jonathan Groff in Merrily We Roll Along.

Dorian Harewood is also up for the musical of The Notebook, the Nicholas Sparks novel made into a beloved movie starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.

Broadway veteran Brian D'Arcy James is nominated for his lead the musical of the 1962 movie Days Of Wine And Roses, in which his role was played by Jack Lemmon, and the category is rounded out by Brody Grant in The Outsiders.

The best lead actress in a musical nominees include Wicked alumna Eden Espinosa for the title role in Lempicka, the story of the controversial interwar Polish painter Tamara Lempicka whose posthumous fanbase includes Madonna.

She is up against Maleah Joi Moon who plays Alicia Keys in Hell's Kitchen, as well as Kelli O'Hara for Days Of Wine And Roses, Maryann Plunkett for the Rachel McAdams role in The Notebook and Gayle Rankin for the Liza Minnelli role in Cabaret.

Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr is up for best lead actor in a play for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch; pictured at its opening night curtain call

Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr is up for best lead actor in a play for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch; pictured at its opening night curtain call

The best lead actor in a play nominees include Succession star Jeremy Strong in a revival of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People (pictured)

The best lead actor in a play nominees include Succession star Jeremy Strong in a revival of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People (pictured)

Broadway titan Bebe Neuwirth has earned a nomination for best featured actress in a musical for her role as landlady Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club.

She is in a category that includes Shoshana Bean and Kecia Lewis for Hell's Kitchen, Amber Iman for Lempicka, Nikki M James for Suffs, Lindsay Mendez for Merrily We Roll Along and Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer for a revival of Monty Python's Spamalot.

In the best original score for a musical category, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim are nominated for their immersive musical Here Lies Love about Imelda Marcos.

So is Adam Guettel, the grandson of The Sound Of Music composer Richard Rodgers, for the score of Days Of Wine And Roses.

The best original score category includes Shaina Taub for Suffs, Will Butler for Stereophonic and Jonathan Clay, Zach Chance and Justin Levine for The Outsiders.

Meanwhile the best book of a musical nominations went to Kristoffer Diaz for Hell's Kitchen, Bekah Brunstetter for The Notebook, Adam Rapp and Justin Levine for The Outsider, Shaina Taub for Suffs and Rick Elice for Water For Elephants.

For best play, Jocelyn Bioh is nominated for Jaja's African Hair Braiding, Amy Herzog for Mary Jane, Paula Vogel for Mother Play, Joshua Harmon for Prayer For The French Republic and David Adjmi for Stereophonic.

The best revival of a musical nominees were Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Merrily We Roll Along and The Who's Tommy.

Appropriate, An Enemy Of The People and Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch are up for Best Revival Of A Play.

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