I want to be clear: I bear no malice towards any of the winners. Everyone who is nominated, let alone wins, a Tony is a master of their craft. My rage is directed at the incredibly conservative American Theatre Wing who determine the winners, because I feel like they often reward “big names” and safe choices over what might be the best pick in a category. Yes, I have a bias, but I think it’s hard to look at this year’s wins for things like Best Actress and not see a resistance to rewarding women of color (Eva Noblezada, Denée Benton), or the various composing/writing awards and see a skew towards “traditional” theatre.
I have nothing but love for the performers and their talent which FAR surpasses my meager acting and musical ability. But the American Theatre Wing needs to become a little less old, a little less white, and a little more willing to reward productions that take risks.
Just my tuppence.