Aaron Tveit Gets Emotional After Best Actor Win

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Aaron Tveit on the 2021 Tony Awards.
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History within the making! Aaron Tveit‘s massive win on the 2021 Tony Awards was unprecedented — and a very long time coming.

The 37-year-old Gossip Girl alum was the one nominee within the working for Best Leading Actor in a Musical on Sunday, September 26, however nonetheless needed to get a minimum of 60 p.c of Tony voters’ choices. The crew had the choice to vote for Tveit or vote for nobody to win the award within the class.

Tveit’s win for his function in Moulin Rouge! The Musical wasn’t a assured outcome — and he accepted it was gratitude. While thanking his household, pals, colleagues and extra on the stage on the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City, the Les Miserables star was overcome with emotion as he took house the primary Tony Award of his 15-year Broadway career.

“We are so privileged to get to do this, to be on Broadway, to perform live theater,” he mentioned, struggling to carry again tears. “Let’s continue to strive to tell stories that represent the many and not the few, by the many and not the few, for the many and not the few.”

The New York native made his debut on the Great White Way in 2006 as Link Larkin in Hairspray after taking part in the character in a touring company. He later appeared as Fiyero in Wicked and went on to originate the function of Gabe in Next to Normal, which opened on Broadway in April 2009. While the groundbreaking present earned 11 Tony nominations that season, Tveit didn’t obtain a person nod.

Earlier this year, Tveit mirrored on the distinctive circumstances that led to his first Tony nomination for portraying Christian in Moulin Rouge! The function was performed by Ewan McGregor within the 2001 movie on which the musical is predicated.

“It’s not something I thought or expected or had ever seen or heard before, but I was very happy that the Tonys committee decided to go ahead with the awards for this year,” the Schmigadoon! actor informed Broadway News of his nod in January. “I think that the Tony Awards are a celebration of this community, and I felt it provided a bit of a lift for the whole community when they were announced. … And then for me personally, I was just nothing but grateful.”

He continued on the time, “The Tonys are a mainstay. I’ve had my own personal up-and-down experiences with them with shows before, so to me it just meant the absolute world.”

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