Tony Awards 2023: Best dressed stars on red carpet

All eyes were on the red carpet at United Palace Theater in New York City on Sunday, June 11 as the biggest stars on Broadway arrived to the 76th Annual Tony Awards .

Jessica Chastain made a glamorous entrance in a sunshine yellow strapless Gucci gown, complete with a matching cape that elegantly grazed the red carpet.

The movie star paired the statement gown with a diamond pendant necklace, adding sparkle to her elegant look.

Ariana DeBose left little to the imagination in a plunging form-fitting silver Prada gown that showcased her cleavage, which she paired with dangling earrings.

Lea Michele and Julianne Hough opted for floral maxi dresses, with the former Glee star rocking a red and white Emilia Wickstead number and the pro dancer choosing a pink and black Carolina Herrera gown.

Jessica, 46, looked incredible in a sunshine yellow frock that featured a bodice and maxi skirt; the dress was two different shades of yellow along the torso and skirt.

The beauty rocked a diamond necklace, perfectly complimenting her bright dress and matching cape.

Jessica pulled her red locks back into chic ponytail, adding pink lipstick and shimmery eye makeup to round out her look.

Ariana’s low-cut gown silver gown had a crystal embellished accent along the neckline; the brunette beauty, 32, added a diamond bracelet and ring, along with dainty earrings.

Lea, 36, wowed in her red and white floral maxi gown; the sleeveless number had a flared skirt that grazed the carpet.

The former Glee actress styled her locks sleek with a deep center part.

While rocking a memorizing, floral-print gown, designed by Carolina Herrera, Julianne oozed confidence as she prepared to tape a preshow telecast of the show, alongside Skylar Astin, best known for starring in Pitch Perfect.

For the occasion, the 34-year-old star wore her golden blonde locks in a romantic updo, with a few lose pieces at the front, and a pair of glamorous statement earrings.

Beauty: Jessica looked incredible in a sunshine yellow frock that featured a bodice and maxi skirt; the dress was two different shades of yellow along the torso and skirt

Beauty: Jessica looked incredible in a sunshine yellow frock that featured a bodice and maxi skirt; the dress was two different shades of yellow along the torso and skirt

The beauty rocked a diamond necklace

Perfectly complimenting her bright dress and matching cape

Stunning: The beauty rocked a diamond necklace, perfectly complimenting her bright dress and matching cape

Close up: Jessica pulled her red locks back into chic ponytail, adding pink lipstick and shimmery eye makeup to round out her look

Close up: Jessica pulled her red locks back into chic ponytail, adding pink lipstick and shimmery eye makeup to round out her look

Sparkling: Ariana's gown had a glittering accent along the neckline

Sparkling: Ariana’s gown had a glittering accent along the neckline

Lovely: For the occasion, she wore her golden blonde locks in a romantic updo, with a few lose pieces at the front, and a pair of glamorous statement earrings

Lovely: For the occasion, she wore her golden blonde locks in a romantic updo, with a few lose pieces at the front, and a pair of glamorous statement earrings

All angles: The star showed off her chic gown from a number of angles

All angles: The star showed off her chic gown from a number of angles

TONY AWARD WINNERS 2023

Best Musical

& Juliet

Kimberly Akimbo — WINNER

New York, New York

Shucked

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Best Play

Ain’t No Mo’

Between Riverside and Crazy

Cost of Living

Fat Ham

Leopoldstadt — WINNER

Best Musical Revival

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’

Camelot

Into The Woods

Parade — WINNER

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Best Revival of a Play

 A Doll’s House

The Piano Lesson

The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog — WINNER

Best Leading Actress of a Musical

Annaleigh Ashford — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Sara Bareilles — Into The Woods

Victoria Clark — Kimberly Akimbo — WINNER

Lorna Courtney — & Juliet

Micaela Diamond — Parade

Jessica Chastain, A Doll's House

Jessica Chastain, A Doll’s House

Best Leading Actress of a Play

Jessica Chastain — A Doll’s House

Jodie Comer — Prima Facie — WINNER

Jessica Hecht — Summer, 1976

Audra McDonald — Ohio State Murders

Best Leading Actor of a Musical

Christian Borle — Some Like It Hot

J. Harrison Ghee — Some Like It Hot — WINNER

Josh Groban — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Brian D’Arcy James — Into The Woods

Ben Platt at the Met Gala 2023

Ben Platt at the Met Gala 2023

Ben Platt — Parade

Colton Ryan — New York, New York

Best Leading Actor of a Play

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II — Topdog/Underdog

Corey Hawkins — Topdog/Underdog

Sean Hayes — Good Night, Oscar — WINNER

Stephen McKinley Henderson — Between Riverside and Crazy

Wendell Pierce — Death of a Salesman

 Best Book of a Musical

 & Juliet — David West Read

Kimberly Akimbo — David Lindsay-Abaire — WINNER

New York, New York — David Thompson & Sharon Washington

Shucked — Robert Horn

Some Like It Hot — Matthew López & Amber Ruffin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Jordan E. Cooper — Ain’t No Mo’

Samuel L. Jackson — August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

Arian Moayed — A Doll’s House

Brandon Uranowitz — Leopoldstadt — WINNER

David Zayas — Cost Of Living

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical 

Kevin Del Aguila — Some Like It Hot

 Kevin Cahoon — Shucked

Justin Cooley — Kimberly Akimbo

Jordan Donica — Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Alex Newell — Shucked — WINNER

Best Scenic Design of a Play 

Tim Hatley & Andrzej Goulding — Life Of Pi — WINNERS

Miriam Buether — Prima Facie

Rachel Hauck — Good Night, Oscar

Richard Hudson — Leopoldstadt

Dane Laffrey & Lucy Mackinnon — A Christmas Carol

Best Costume Design of a Play

Brigitte Reiffenstuel — Leopoldstadt — WINNER

Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell — Life Of Pi

Dominique Fawn Hill — Fat Ham

Emilio Sosa — Ain’t No Mo’

Emilio Sosa — Good Night, Oscar

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin — Leopoldstadt

Natasha Chivers — Prima Facie

Jon Clark — Jon Clark

Bradley King — Fat Ham

Tim Lutkin — Life Of Pi — WINNER

Jen Schriever — Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman

Ben Stanton — A Christmas Carol

Best Direction of a Play

Saheem Ali — Fat Ham

Jo Bonney — Cost Of Living

Jamie Lloyd — A Doll’s House

Patrick Marber — Leopoldstadt — WINNER

Stevie Walker-Webb — Ain’t No Mo’

Max Webster — Life Of Pi

Best Sound Design of a Play

Carolyn Downing — Life Of Pi — WINNER

Joshua D. Reid — A Christmas Carol

Ben & Max Ringham — A Doll’s House

Ben & Max Ringham — Prima Facie

Jonathan Deans & Taylor Williams — Ain’t No Mo’

Best Choreography

Casey Nicholaw — Some Like It Hot — WINNER

Steven Hoggett — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Susan Stroman — New York, New York

Jennifer Weber — & Juliet

Jennifer Weber — KPOP

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre 

Joel Grey

John Kander 

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Victoria Bailey

Lisa Dawn Cave

Robert Fried

Best Original Score (music and/or lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Kimberly Akimbo — David Lindsay-Abaire/Jeanine Tesori — WINNER

Almost Famous — Tom Kitt/Cameron Crowe & Tom Kitt

KPOP — Helen Park & Max Vernon

Shucked — Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally

Some Like It Hot — Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Nikki Crawford — Fat Ham

Crystal Lucas-Perry — Ain’t No Mo’

Miriam Silverman — The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window — WINNER

Katy Sullivan — Cost Of Living

Kara Young — Cost Of Living

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical 

Julia Lester — Into The Woods

Ruthie Ann Miles — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Bonnie Milligan — Kimberly Akimbo — WINNER

NaTasha Yvette Williams — Some Like It Hot

Betsy Wolfe — & Juliet

Best Scenic Design of a Musical 

Beowulf Boritt — New York, New York — WINNER

Mimi Lien — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Scott Pask — Shucked

Scott Pask — Some Like It Hot

Michael Yeargan & 59 Productions — Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes — Some Like It Hot — WINNER

Clint Ramos & Sophia Choi — KPOP

Susan Hilferty — Parade

Jennifer Moeller — Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Paloma Young — & Juliet

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Ken Billington — New York, New York

Lap Chi Chu — Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Heather Gilbert — Parade

Howard Hudson — & Juliet

Natasha Katz — Some Like It Hot

Natasha Katz — Sweeney Todd: THe Demon Barber Of Fleet Street — WINNER

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden — Parade — WINNER

Lear deBessonet — Into The Woods

Casey Nicholaw — Some Like It Hot

Jack O’Brien — Shucked

Jessica Stone — Kimberly Akimbo

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada — New York, New York

Scott Lehrer & Alex Neumann — Into The Woods

Gareth Owen — & Juliet

John Shivers — Shucked

Nevin Steinberg — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street — WINNER

Best Orchestrations

Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter — Some Like It Hot — WINNERS

John Clancy — Kimberly Akimbo

Daryl Waters & Sam Davis — New York, New York

Bill Sherman & Dominic Fallacaro — & Juliet

Jason Howland — Shucked

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Jerry Mitchell 

Regional Theatre Tony Award

Pasadena Playhouse 

Lupita Nyong’o, 40, rocked a risque look for the red carpet, which was a custom breastplate that was molded from her body.

Lupita’s breastplate is by Misha Japanwala, a Pakistani artist and fashion designer.

Misha casted and molded it from the actress’ body, per the star’s Instagram post: ‘Misha Japanwala is a Pakistani artist and fashion designer, whose work is rooted in the rejection and deconstruction and external shame attached to one’s body.’

Adding: ‘In her artistic process, she creates a realistic and true record of a person’s body as an act of resistance and celebration, and an insistence on being allowed to exist freely in our bodies.’

The beauty noted that she felt ‘honored’ and ‘humbled’ to wear the breastplate.

Lupita paired the eye-catching piece with black trousers and a matching blazer, slung over one shoulder after taking it off on the red carpet.

She added diamond studded earrings and rings with a tattoo-style graphic on her shaved head.

Striking: Lupita Nyong'o rocked a risque look for the red carpet, which was a custom breastplate that was molded from her body

Striking: Lupita Nyong’o rocked a risque look for the red carpet, which was a custom breastplate that was molded from her body

Details: Lupita's breastplate is by Misha Japanwala, a Pakistani artist and fashion designer

Details: Lupita’s breastplate is by Misha Japanwala, a Pakistani artist and fashion designer

Gorgeous: Lupita paired the eye-catching piece with black trousers and a matching blazer, slung over one shoulder after taking it off on the red carpet

Gorgeous: Lupita paired the eye-catching piece with black trousers and a matching blazer, slung over one shoulder after taking it off on the red carpet

All in the details: The breastplate had a silver chain that went around her neck, leaving her back exposed for a racy look

All in the details: The breastplate had a silver chain that went around her neck, leaving her back exposed for a racy look

Michelle Williams, 42, arrived to the Tony Awards with husband Thomas Kail, whom she wed in 2020.

The former Dawson’s Creek star chose a short sleeved gown with a cinched waist and an ombre skirt that went from silver to nude.

The frock also had nude accents along her sleeves; the gown also had a high neckline.

She styled her short platinum blonde hair with glossy lips and smokey eye makeup to finish off her look.

Thomas looked handsome in a black suit with a white button-up shirt and a tie.

Michelle and Thomas are parents to two children together: son art, two, and a baby born last year, whose name or gender they have not yet released.

She is also mom to 17-year-old Matilda Ledger from her relationship with the late star Heath Ledger.

Jodie Comer chose a strapless shimmering black gown with sleek hair, opting for a deep side part. She is wearing Thom Browne.

 Rachel Brosnahan slipped on a black white polka dot Versace gown with butterfly accents through out; the gown had a low-cut neckline that highlighted her ample chest.

Stunning: Michelle Williams arrived with husband Thomas Kail to the Tony Awards on Sunday

Beaming: The duo couldn't stop grinning at each other on the red carpet

Beaming: The duo couldn’t stop grinning at each other on the red carpet

Glamour: Jodie Comer wowed in a black glittery strapless gown with a deep side part; she is wearing Thom Browne

Glamour: Jodie Comer wowed in a black glittery strapless gown with a deep side part; she is wearing Thom Browne

Actress Uzo Aduba announced her pregnancy on the red carpet on Sunday while cradling her baby bump.

Uzo, 42, is expecting her first child with husband Robert Sweeting; her rep confirmed the news with People magazine.

The star rocked an orange bralette with high-waisted bottoms, adding a matching blazer.

‘The happy couple is over the moon about their growing family and are excited to be parents,’ the magazine’s source said.

Uzo and Ryan wed in 2020 at a secret ceremony in 2020 in New York, per the magazine.

The actress shared a quote from the movie When Harry Met Sally to her Instagram in September 2021, and sweet words about her husband Ryan: ‘For some of us, it can feel like we spend our whole lives waiting for our special someone. My heart, my love – I’m so happy my life started last year with you. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.’

Announcement: Actress Uzo Aduba announced her pregnancy on the red carpet on Sunday while cradling her baby bump

Announcement: Actress Uzo Aduba announced her pregnancy on the red carpet on Sunday while cradling her baby bump

Uzo, 42, is expecting her first child with husband Robert Sweeting

Her rep confirmed the news with People magazine

Glowing: Uzo, 42, is expecting her first child with husband Robert Sweeting; her rep confirmed the news with People magazine

LaChanze wore an orange and bronze gown that featured a structured top half and ruched skirt

The star added a sparkling bracelet and earrings

Goddess: LaChanze wore an orange and bronze gown that featured a structured top half and ruched skirt

Spring ready: Riley Burruss donned a ruffled yellow gown with a high-low hemline, adding a mini white Miu Miu purse

Spring ready: Riley Burruss donned a ruffled yellow gown with a high-low hemline, adding a mini white Miu Miu purse

Amber Ruffin donned a blue gown with a textured corset and puffy sleeves

She added silver heels and a floral clutch

Spring ready: Amber Ruffin donned a blue gown with a textured corset and puffy sleeves

This year’s ceremony became the latest production to have been impacted by the ongoing Writers Guild of America Strike. It marks the first time in 35 years that the Tonys had been afflicted by the WGA strike.

Despite the challenges, the show still went on.

The ceremony aired on CBS in an unscripted format, and the union agreed not to picket the event.

Broadway icon Lin-Manuel Miranda has also dropped out as writer of the opening segment in solidarity with the WGA.

Seasoned actress Ariana DeBose hosted this year’s event from the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights.

Jodie won one of the top prizes at the Tony Awards, the award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role in Prima Facie.

The role was her Broadway debut; she stars in the one-woman play about a criminal defense attorney known for defending men accused of sexual assault whose faith in the law is shaken after she become a victim of that same crime.

 Alex Newell and J. Harrison Ghee made history as the first openly nonbinary actors to win Tony Awards.

Kimberly Akimbo won Best Musical, Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt won Best Play, and Parade won Best Musical Revival.

Glittering: Bonnie Milligan donned a shimmering burgundy hued number; the strapless dress had ruched detailing

Glittering: Bonnie Milligan donned a shimmering burgundy hued number; the strapless dress had ruched detailing

Family is everything: American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour with her daughter Bee Shaffer and her husband Francesco Camozzini

Family is everything: American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour with her daughter Bee Shaffer and her husband Francesco Camozzini

Absolutely gorgeous: Alex Newell dazzled in a gold one-shoulder corset gown with a diamond pendant necklace

Wow factor: Crystal's gown had a dramatic skirt; she pulled the skirt up to reveal her silver heels

Wow factor: Crystal’s gown had a dramatic skirt; she pulled the skirt up to reveal her silver heels

Floral fit: Daryl Roth

Lily Rabe

Amazing: Daryl Roth chose a flower emblazoned blouse with silky cream colored trousers while Lily Rabe opted for a blue and black sparkling number

Grinning ear to ear: Lin-Manuel Miranda and wife Vanessa Nadal on the Tony Awards red carpet

Grinning ear to ear: Lin-Manuel Miranda and wife Vanessa Nadal on the Tony Awards red carpet

Dapper: Noah Galvin and fiance Ben Platt looked sharp in their all black ensembles

Dapper: Noah Galvin and fiance Ben Platt looked sharp in their all black ensembles

Sweet moment: Noah and Ben shared a smooch on the red carpet

Sweet moment: Noah and Ben shared a smooch on the red carpet

Handsome: Colman Domingo rocked a suit and  bowtie with patent black shoes

Handsome: Colman Domingo rocked a suit and  bowtie with patent black shoes

Suited up: Michael Arden and  husband Andy Mientus; they wed on August 18, 2016

Suited up: Michael Arden and  husband Andy Mientus; they wed on August 18, 2016

Arrival: Jordan Roth, a  theater producer, posing on the red carpet with husband Richie Jackson

Arrival: Jordan Roth, a  theater producer, posing on the red carpet with husband Richie Jackson

Magical: Lea and Ramin Karimloo backstage at the awards show

Magical: Lea and Ramin Karimloo backstage at the awards show

Greetings: Kara Young and Wilson Cruz pictured along with Jessica Chastain

Greetings: Kara Young and Wilson Cruz pictured along with Jessica Chastain

Chatting: Greg Calejo chatted with Marcia Gay Harden and her daughter Julitta Scheel at the after party for the Tony Awards

Chatting: Greg Calejo chatted with Marcia Gay Harden and her daughter Julitta Scheel at the after party for the Tony Awards

Glam: Kara Young donned a strapless black gown for the Tony Awards after party, presented by City National Bank

Glam: Kara Young donned a strapless black gown for the Tony Awards after party, presented by City National Bank

Beaming: Riley Burruss and Jae Gurley at the after party while rocking their glam fits

Beaming: Riley Burruss and Jae Gurley at the after party while rocking their glam fits

Chic: Sara Bareilles opted for a gold gown and Audra McDonald wore a midnight blue number

Chic: Sara Bareilles opted for a gold gown and Audra McDonald wore a midnight blue number

In a statement, Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music, live events and alternative programming at CBS, said of the show: ‘CBS has been home to the Tony Awards for more than 40 years.

‘We are proud to once again celebrate the best of theater this season, and continue our support for Broadway, the broader theater community and all the incredible artistic talents both on stage and behind the scenes who bring the shows to life.’

‘This year’s Tony Award nominees are a reflection of a tremendous year of Broadway,’ Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing, said in a statement.

Drew Barrymore dropped out of hosting the MTV Movie & Television Awards last month in solidarity with the writers, and the event moved forward in stripped down, pre-recorded fashion.

Film and television writers are on strike over complaints that studios have underpaid them for years, particularly when it comes to streaming programs that offer almost no residuals over time. They are also fighting back against studios’ attempts to shrink writers’ rooms, to shorten the number of episodes of television seasons and to leave open the possibility of replacing human writers with so-called ‘AI’ programs.

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