Jessica Lange wins her first Tony Award – USA TODAY
She has a huge collection of Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes, but Jessica Lange added her first Tony Award to her shelves on Sunday night.
“This isÂ a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness on a sad day like this,” Lange said, accepting her award for leading actress in a play forÂ Long Day’s Journey Into NightÂ andÂ adding to the night’s many tributes to the Orlando shootings.
The ultra-popular musicalÂ Hamilton had a big night at theÂ Tonys, winning eight honors including featured actress forÂ RenÃ©e Elise Goldsberry and featured actor for Daveed Diggs.
“When one of us wins, we all win because we are one,” said Goldsberry, who playsÂ Angelica Schuyler Church in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon.
Diggs, cast in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, thanked his parents for their support â specifically his father’s help in a preschool gymnastics performance âÂ when accepting his award. “A lot of us are here because people in our lives did that.”
The musical won six other awards, includingÂ lighting design,Â costume design, best orchestrations, best director for Thomas Kail andÂ original score and best book for Miranda.
Tonys host James Corden began the night with a solemn opening mentioning Orlando. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this atrocity,” he said. “All we can say is youâre not on your own right nowÂ â your tragedy is ourÂ tragedy.”
Frank Langella, who was namedÂ best leading actor in a play for The Father, urged those in the Florida city “to be strong, because I am standing in a roomÂ full of the most generous human beings on Earth and we will be with you every step of the way.”
Miranda also touched on the tragedyÂ accepting his award for original score.
“We chase the melodies that seem to find us until theyâre finished songs and start to play when senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day,” Miranda said. “This show is proof that history remembers we live through times where hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light fromÂ dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer.”
Ivo Van Hove won best direction for the playÂ Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, and The HumansÂ took home two trophies: Reed Birney for featured actor andÂ Jayne HoudyshellÂ for featured actress in a play.
“Well, Iâve never been one to rush into things,” Houdyshell said. “The fact that at the age of 62, 42 years into a career, this should come my way, all thatÂ means is the depth of my gratitude is really, really, really profound.”
In the technical categories for plays,Â Eclipsed took costume design, Humans snagged scenic design andÂ Long Dayâs Journey Into Night got lighting design.
Hamilton is up for top musical along withÂ Bright Star;Â School of Rock â The Musical;Â Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed andÂ Waitress.