Tony Awards bestow honors on ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘The Inheritance’ while heralding Broadway’s return from the pandemic

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“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a splashy Broadway show based on the over-the-top 2001 Baz Luhrmann movie, proved the big winner of the 2021 Tony Awards, garnering the coveted prize of best musical. Playwright Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance,” a two-part work examining gay life in America, was named best play. But the evening’s real winner might have been Broadway itself, which delivered a message to the world in the form of a song: “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” That rollicking number, from the 2002 musical “Hairspray,” ushered in the event, which incorporated both a traditional awards program, seen on ViacomCBS’s VIAC, -0.17% Paramount+, followed by a concert-style event, dubbed “Broadway’s Back,” seen on CBS. The opening was intended to affirm that the industry, which shut down in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is well on the road to recovery, with favorite shows returning and
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