Sarah Paulson Wins First 2024 Tony Award for Role in ‘Appropriate’

Paulson wins her first Tony Award for “Appropriate” at the 77th Tony Awards ceremony

Sarah Paulson at the Tony Awards June 16. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, THEO WARGO/GETTY)
Sarah Paulson at the Tony Awards June 16. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, THEO WARGO/GETTY)

Sarah Paulson has added a new award to her collection, winning her first 2024 Tony Award on Sunday, June 16.

The accomplished actress, known for her roles in film and television, received the award for best performance by a leading actress in a play for her role in “Appropriate.”

The ceremony took place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Paulson, 49, took the stage to accept her award for portraying Toni, the eldest child of the Lafayette family in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play.

The story revolves around Toni’s efforts to reconnect with her siblings while managing their late father’s estate in Arkansas.

In her heartfelt acceptance speech, Paulson expressed gratitude to her partner, Holland Taylor, 81, saying, “Holland, thank you for loving me.”

She also thanked the cast and creators of “Appropriate,” which won additional awards for best revival of a play and best lighting design of a play.

“I am standing here tonight because of the mighty talent that is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins,” Paulson said, acknowledging the playwright. “I will never be able to convey to you my gratitude for trusting me.”

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor at the Tony Awards June 16. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DIA DIPASUPIL/GETTY)
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor at the Tony Awards June 16. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DIA DIPASUPIL/GETTY)

Paulson continued her speech by reflecting on the significance of theater. “Some nights when I am backstage… I think about the walls of theaters all over this magical town holding the impact of each and every one of you in this room and all of those who came before.

And I think how lucky those walls are to bear witness to the relentless interrogation of human experience that we endeavor to explore nightly for each other.”

This Tony Award marks Paulson’s first win and nomination. She previously received a Drama Desk Award for outstanding lead performer in a play and a Drama League Award for distinguished performance for the same role.

“Appropriate” also marks Paulson’s return to Broadway after more than a decade. She previously starred in “Collected Stories” in 2010 and “The Glass Menagerie” in 2005.

The play, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, features a talented cast including Corey Stoll, Michael Esper, Ella Beatty, Elle Fanning, and Natalie Gold.

Originally written in 2013, “Appropriate” has had numerous productions across the country and internationally before its Broadway debut in December 2023.

The play quickly became a hit, selling out during its initial run and a subsequent three-week extension at Broadway’s Hayes Theater. Due to its success, the production was transferred to the Belasco Theater for an additional 13-week run through June 23.

Earlier this month, Jacobs-Jenkins, 39, spoke with Vogue about the play’s casting and audience reception.

Sarah Paulson in Appropriate in New York City on Dec. 18, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, BRUCE GLIKAS/WIREIMAGE)
Sarah Paulson in Appropriate in New York City on Dec. 18, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, BRUCE GLIKAS/WIREIMAGE)

He praised Paulson, saying, “Sarah, at her heart and in her origins, is a theater artist — an actual artist, who is interested in pushing envelopes and upending expectations about what people can and cannot do.

So I think, in some ways, she was the perfect person for this play.”

The enthusiastic reception of “Appropriate” underscores Paulson’s versatility and talent as an actress. With her return to Broadway, she has once again proven her ability to captivate audiences, whether on stage or screen.

Tickets for the extended run of “Appropriate” at the Belasco Theater are available at appropriateplay.com. The 77th Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, were broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+.

Paulson’s win is a significant milestone in her career, highlighting her enduring impact on the theater community.

Her performance in “Appropriate” not only earned her critical acclaim but also reinforced her status as a leading actress capable of delivering powerful and nuanced performances.

As Paulson celebrated her win, the Broadway community rejoiced in the recognition of her remarkable talent.

The success of “Appropriate” and its accolades reflect the hard work and dedication of its cast and crew, bringing Jacobs-Jenkins’ compelling story to life on stage.

Sarah Paulson’s Tony win is a testament to her exceptional skills and commitment to her craft. As she continues to explore new roles and projects, audiences can look forward to more unforgettable performances from this distinguished actress.

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