The bookies had it all wrong but the people of Newfoundland were celebrated in speech and song at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, though the heartwarming Canadian musical Come From Away fell short in its historic bid to capture Broadway’s biggest musical prize.
Conceived by Toronto lawyer Michael Rubinoff, the musical with book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein headed into the Tonys with seven nominations, marking it as the second Canadian-written show in the 71-year history of the Tonys to vie for the top musical honour, following 2006’s The Drowsy Chaperone, which won five awards.
Christopher Ashley took home the award for best director of a musical but Come From Away failed to land awards in the other categories.
Dear Evan Hansen was named best musical and was the night’s big winner with six awards in all. It also beat Come From Away for best original score, best book of a musical and best featured actress in a musical.
The title character, Evan Hansen, is a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder who finds himself amid the turmoil that follows a classmate's death.