‘Once On This Island’ wins musical revival Tony Award
NEW YORK — “Once On This Island” has been named the best musical revival Tony Award winner.
The 1990 musical with a Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s calypso-infused score unfolds as a group of storytellers — caught in the midst of an unrelenting storm — recount the tale of a Caribbean island country girl in love with an aristocrat.
The revival is made to resonate deeply for today’s audiences, who are all too familiar with the devastating impact hurricanes have on a community. Many of the characters play instruments made out of found objects, including trash bins, flexible piping, and more.
It stars Lea Salonga, Phillip Boykin, and newcomer Hailey Kilgore.
The revival beat out “My Fair Lady.”
The 72nd annual Tony Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall here on Sunday, June 10, 2018. /kga
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