Alex Timbers Wins 2020 Tony Award for Best Direction of MOULIN ROUGE!

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Alex Timbers has won Best Direction of a Musical at the 2020 Tony Awards for his direction of Moulin Rouge! | Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty

Nathan Pugh
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September 26, 2021 8:19 PM

Alex Timbers has won Best Direction of a Musical at the 74th Annual Tony Awards for his direction of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. This is his first Tony Award win and third nomination. He was previously nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2011) and was also nominated for Best Direction of a Play for his co-direction with Roger Rees on Peter and the Starcatcher (2012). 

Timbers has won the award over Best Direction of a Musical nominees Phyllida Lloyd (Tina - The Tina Turner Musical) and Diane Paulus (Jagged Little Pill).

Timbers has also directed the Broadway productions of The Pee-wee Herman Show (2010), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2011), Rocky (2014), The Oh, Hello Show (2016), American Utopia (2019), and Beetlejuice (2019). For his direction of Here Lies Love (2013), Timbers won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Director, and also won the London Evening Standard Beyond Theatre Award for the show’s National Theatre production. He has also won two OBIE awards, the 2019 Drama League Founder’s Award for Excellence in Directing, and the 2016 Jerome Robbins Award for Directing.

Timbers’s film work has includes creating the television show Mozart in the Jungle (2014) for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series — Comedy in 2016, directing John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) for which he won the 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, and co-directing Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall (2020).

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Nathan Pugh

Nathan Pugh is a writer, culture critic, and essayist based in the Washington, D.C. area. Nathan graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Theater and English (concentration in race/ethnicity), where he also served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Wesleyan Argus. Pugh’s work strives to explore how intersectional identities are staged, with his current long-form writing focusing on Black gay playwrights from Virginia.