Big Night at Tony Awards: Best Music, Dance, and Clothes Win
Jonathan Tunick accepts the award for best orchestrations for "Merrily We Roll Along" during the 77th Tony Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Big Night at Tony Awards: Best Music, Dance, and Clothes Win

June 16th, 2024

In New York, people are happy at a big show, the Tony Awards. They give awards to the best shows, dances, and clothes in musicals and plays. "Suffs" wins for its music story. Justin Peck wins for dance in "Illinoise". Dede Ayite wins for play clothes in "Jaja's African Hair Braiding". Linda Cho wins for musical clothes in "The Great Gatsby". Jonathan Tunick wins for music in "Merrily We Roll Along". Tom Scutt wins for musical places in "Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club". David Zinn wins for play places in "Stereophonic". Hana S. Kim and Brian MacDevitt win for musical lights in "The Outsiders". Jane Cox wins for play lights in "Appropriate". Ryan Rumery wins for play sounds in "Stereophonic". Cody Spencer wins for musical sounds in "The Outsiders". People had fun and clapped for the winners.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What did 'Suffs' win an award for?
. Who won for dance in 'Illinoise'?
. What did people do for the winners at the Tony Awards?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

The Tony Awards is an event in the United States that celebrates achievements in American theater, particularly Broadway in New York City. It is a significant ceremony in the American entertainment industry.

🧠 Further reading

List of Broadway theaters
In New York City, there are 41 big theaters where you can see Broadway shows. These shows are special and actors need to be part of a group to be in them. Broadway shows are in big theaters and they must have more than 500 seats. Broadway theaters are mostly in one part of the city, but not all of them are on the street called Broadway. Two theaters are on this street. The theaters have been around for a long time. The first big theater started in 1798. Some theaters are very old and started in 1903. There is one new theater from 1998. The biggest theater has 1,933 seats and the smallest has 597 seats. Long ago, many people came to New York City from different countries. They liked theater too. This is how Broadway shows started a long time ago. Broadway shows are very famous now.

Costume design
Making clothes for people in plays, movies, and shows is called costume design. These clothes help us understand who a person is, where they come from, or when they lived. They can be for different kinds of shows or fun parties. Making these clothes is not the same as changing clothes that already exist. Long ago, in Greece, people made theater by having big parties for a god named Dionysus. They wore special clothes and masks that showed if they were happy or sad, or doing something funny or serious. In Rome, people did the same, and it made it easy to play different parts. In the old times in Europe, people also dressed up when they played stories from the Bible. They tried to look very real and wore special clothes from church. When people played normal people, they often had to make their own clothes. Later, in England, during a time called Elizabethan, clothes for plays were very important too.

Film crew
A movie team makes a movie together. They are not the actors. They make sure the movie looks good and works well. People have different jobs. Some jobs are old and some are new because of technology. Making a movie has three parts: getting ready, filming, and sharing the movie with people. The movie team works in different ways in these parts. Some people start with ideas for the movie. Others build things or make sure the camera works. The director is very important. They help everyone understand the story. They choose actors and make big decisions. They have a big dream for the movie and help everyone see it too.