It’s the morning after the Tonys, but Lucy Moss, 28—the co-creator, with Toby Marlow, 27, of the West End and now Broadway hit musical Six—sounds remarkably sprightly, given she went to three parties last night. “Look, I am a bit hungover, I’ll admit,” she says, laughing. “But it was all so much fun. I feel uncomplicated about it, really: I’m just very, very happy.”
Then again, Moss has every right to be happy. Winning two out of the eight awards it was nominated for, Six saw Moss and Marlow pick up the gong for best original score, not only making them the youngest recipients of the award ever but also making Marlow the first openly nonbinary person to win a Tony. “I couldn’t really take it all in yesterday as it was such a whirlwind, but this morning I woke up and was like, ‘That’s so cool!’” Moss says.
This year’s Tonys also served as a night of celebration for queer creatives and performers across the board, with Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop taking home the best musical prize and show-stopping performances from host Ariana DeBose and Billy Porter rounding out the event. “There’s obviously so much more to be done, and it would be nice to get to a place where it isn’t just about people being the first whatever—where that could be something we don’t even think about,” says Moss. “But last night was a really nice indication that queerness is being celebrated more, and I hope that the fact lots of queer people and voices and stories are being uplifted will in turn encourage people to invest in more queer stories, because they see how successful they can be. I think that’s what we want, really—a little cycle of queerness.”