Hamilton and Hannah Waddingham

Broadway Represented at the 2021 Emmy Awards

The 73rd Emmy Awards occurred on Sunday, September 19, 2021, and theatre made its presence known! With many nominees and even winners having Broadway roots, it made it a night for theatre lovers to celebrate.

The Disney+ release of Hamilton took home the Emmy for Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), one of their two wins, the other being Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special. Renée Elise Goldsberry, Angelica Schuyler herself, accepted the award on behalf of the Hamilton team.

Another major theatre winner of the night was Hannah Waddingham for Ted Lasso, winning the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. While Waddingham has appeared on Broadway in Spamalot, she has spent most of her theatre career in the West End, playing numerous iconic roles such as The Witch in Into the Woods and Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. 

In her speech, Waddingham gave a nod to her West End peers by saying “West End musical theatre performers need to be on screen more. Please give them a chance because we won’t let you down.”

Another Broadway veteran honored at the Emmys was the legendary Debbie Allen. A multi-hyphenate, Allen has performed, choreographed, and directed on Broadway, and has had a long career spanning the small and big screen. Just this year alone, she won two competitive Emmys for her work on Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square on top of receiving the Governors Award, for which she was honored on September 19.

The next major awards show is now the Tony Awards! Broadway’s biggest night will be held on September 26, 2021. Find out how to watch the ceremony here.

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