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Angelina Jolie | Daniel Radcliffe | Source: Getty Images
Angelina Jolie | Daniel Radcliffe | Source: Getty Images

Tony Awards 2024: Highlights and Unexpected Appearances

Milly Wanjiku Ndirangu
Jun 17, 2024
11:49 A.M.
  • The 2024 Tony Awards delivered a night of stunning surprises and unforgettable highlights, captivating theater lovers everywhere.
  • From unexpected appearances by iconic figures to dazzling moments on the red carpet, this year's ceremony had it all.
  • Among the highlights that made Broadway's biggest night truly spectacular was Brooke Shield's unconventional choice of footwear.
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On June 16, 2024, the Tony Awards took the spotlight at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Named after the theater pioneer, Antoinette Perry, the Tonys have been a highlight for theater fans since 1947. Ceremonies are broadcast on various digital platforms, allowing a wider audience to enjoy the celebration of theatrical achievements.

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This year's event was a night to remember, filled with stunning performances, unexpected appearances, and fashion statements that had everyone talking. From thrilling wins to heartfelt speeches, the 2024 Tonys highlighted the best of Broadway while offering plenty of surprises along the way.

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Angelina Jolie's New Tattoo

One of the most talked-about moments was Angelina Jolie's appearance on the red carpet. The 49-year-old actress and producer stunned in a velvet-draped gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. However, what truly caught everyone's attention was her new tattoo.

Angelina Jolie attends The 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Angelina Jolie attends The 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

The tiny bird in flight, resembling a sparrow, was prominently displayed on her chest. Social media buzzed with reactions, ranging from admiration to playful criticism.

One user commented, "Although I wish it wasn't on her chest 😭," while another quipped, "Now why [did] she put it on her chest 😂." Despite the mixed reactions, others agreed that Jolie looked "So beautiful" and "Like a goddess."

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Jolie's tattoo wasn't visible in April when she attended the opening night of her Broadway musical, "The Outsiders," with her daughter Vivienne.

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Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the opening night of "The Outsiders" on April 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the opening night of "The Outsiders" on April 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Matching Mom-Daughter Outfits

Speaking of Vivienne, the mother-daughter duo made headlines again as they hit the red carpet together. They celebrated "The Outsiders," which Jolie produced, and earned 12 Tony nominations this year, and won Best Musical.

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Jolie, who presented during the ceremony, wore a custom light-teal Atelier Versace strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and corseted bodice. The gown featured fluid draping and a coordinating velvet shrug. She completed the look with matching Versace satin shoes and wore her hair in an effortless down style.

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Vivienne matched her mother's elegance with a crisp white shirt under a teal vest, teal trousers, and a bow tie, finishing her look with Converse sneakers. Credited as a producer assistant on "The Outsiders" Playbill, Vivienne has been a significant part of the production.

Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt attend the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Hillary Clinton's Unexpected Appearance and Speech

Another unexpected highlight was the appearance of Hillary Clinton. The former U.S. senator and secretary of state took the stage to introduce "Suffs," a musical by Shaina Taub.

Hillary Clinton attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Hillary Clinton attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Clinton, who is credited as a co-producer of the show, received a standing ovation as she spoke about the importance of the suffragists who fought for women's right to vote.

Hillary Clinton speaks onstage during the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Hillary Clinton speaks onstage during the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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"It's almost impossible to think about what a challenge that was, but now it's an election year, and we need to be reminded about how important it is to vote," she emphasized.

"Suffs" received six nominations at the 77th Tony Awards, with Taub winning in the Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score categories. The musical was also nominated for Best Musical, alongside "The Outsiders," "Hell's Kitchen," "Illinoise," and "Water for Elephants."

Another person who took the spotlight was the evening's host. An Oscar-winner with a solid Broadway background, she took on the hosting duties for the third time.

Ariana DeBose as Host

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Ariana DeBose returned to host the Tony Awards for the third consecutive year. Despite her experience, the Oscar-winning actress and stage veteran admitted that the pressure of hosting Broadway’s biggest night hasn’t lessened.

Ariana DeBose attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Ariana DeBose attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

"Oh, every year I want to throw up," the 33-year-old confessed. "I'm not going to lie. I have a trash can waiting in the wings." DeBose reflected on her unexpected journey to becoming the Tony Awards host, sharing that it was never part of her career plan.

Ariana DeBose attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Ariana DeBose attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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"Last year I was so nervous. I paced for a solid 30 minutes by myself," she recalled. However, her performance on stage told a different story.

Known for her dance-centric opening numbers, DeBose's energy and charisma always captivate. Her ability to balance humor, grace, and high-energy performances made her a standout host once again. But while Debose's confidence and stage presence were undeniable, other stars also made a statement.

Ariana DeBose attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Ariana DeBose attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Kara Young's Win and Dress

One of the night's brightest stars was Kara Young, who captivated everyone with her stunning green gown. The dress featured flowing, semi-transparent sleeves that draped dramatically, creating a butterfly-like effect.

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Kara Young attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Kara Young attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

The fitted bodice highlighted her silhouette, while the pleated skirt added a touch of classic sophistication. This ethereal ensemble perfectly captured the glamour and excitement of the event.

Kara Young attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Kara Young attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Young's night was even more special as she took home the Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Play. This win made history, as Young became the first Black woman to be nominated for the category in a Play three years in a row.

Kara Young attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Kara Young attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe's First Tony Nomination

In another first, British star, Daniel Radcliffe, earned his debut Tony nomination for "Merrily We Roll Along." Known for his iconic role as Harry Potter, Radcliffe has successfully transitioned to the stage, earning critical acclaim for his performances.

Daniel Radcliffe attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Reflecting on the nomination, Radcliffe described the night as "nerve-wracking" but also very exciting. "It's quite an intimidating night but also very exciting. I'm just honored to be here," he said.

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Radcliffe noted the special timing of the nomination, as his show was nearing the end of its run. "We finish our run in like three weeks it feels like a really special way to end it," he added. Radcliffe's presence at the Tony Awards underscored his evolving career and dedication to the craft of acting.

Brooke Shields' Outfit Post-Surgery

The unexpected moments didn't stop there as actress and author Brooke Shields made a bold fashion statement during the event. She posed on the 2024 Tony Awards carpet in a sunny dress with a pleated skirt, waistline bow, plunging sequin top, and center-back slit. However, it was her footwear that caught everyone's attention.

Brooke Shields attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Brooke Shields attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Shields wore bright yellow Crocs, explaining on the carpet, "I got my Crocs! I couldn't do this in heels!" Shields accessorized with a boxy gold clutch, a stack of bracelets on her left wrist, and pearl earrings, completing her look with straight hair and bold brows.

Brooke Shields attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Brooke Shields attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Just a day before the event, she revealed on Instagram that she had undergone double foot surgery. This made her choice of comfortable shoes both practical and stylish.

Brooke Shields attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Brooke Shields attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Social media reactions ranged from surprise to admiration, with one user declaring, "Love a comfortable queen," and another applauding, "That's comfort to the next level during awards night!!!"

While some criticized her choice, others defended her, explaining that she just had surgery. But the unexpected moments of the Tony Awards did not stop at Shield's bold footwear choice.

Brooke Shields' yellow crocs as seen on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Brooke Shields' yellow crocs as seen on June 16, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

The red carpet at the 2024 Tony Awards was a dazzling display of fashion, personal flair, and unforgettable moments. Every star's entrance added to the night's buzz.

Angelina Jolie's latest tattoo and Brooke Shields' sensible shoes were just a few highlights that showcased the stars' distinct styles. This vibrant parade set the stage for an evening that honored the finest in theater and the vibrant individuals behind the performances.

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