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‘The Normal Heart’ Wins 3 Tony Awards

Sunday marked the biggest night of the year for Broadway, as the 65th annual Tony Awards were held in New York. To be sure, the night belonged to “The Book of Mormon,” which took home nine awards, including Best Musical.

But another big storyline was about the incredible variety represented by the nominees and winners – among them, “The Normal Heart,” which is the story a group of friends who refused to let doctors, politicians and the press ignore the growing AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. The play and its cast won the following awards:

  • Ellen Barkin, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
  • John Benjamin Hickey, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
  • Best Revival of a Play

In his acceptance speech, playwright Larry Kramer said, “To gay people everywhere, whom I love so, ‘The Normal Heart’ is our history. I could not have written it had not so many of us so needlessly died. Learn from it and carry on the fight. Let them know that we are a very special people, an exceptional people and that our day will come.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see “The Normal Heart” – the show runs through July 10. Get your tickets now – a percentage of sales supports HRC. Learn more about the show at

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