And the Tony Award for Best Musical goes to… Fun Home!
On Sunday, the modern coming-of-age story and show took home the coveted best musical title. Fun Home received 12 nominations, and left with five awards.
Fun Home made history. It was the first musical have a lesbian character in a lead role, and it was the first musical to have a female writing team (Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori) to win a Tony for best original score with a female writing team. Viewers at home didn’t get to see them receive the award–boo. You go girls!
The show also won for best lead actor in Michael Cerveris, best book and best direction from Sam Gold. Cerveris nabbed his second Tony win for his portrayal of the closeted suicidal father.
Fun Home brought Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir to life and proved that it could illuminate the stage with the story of a girl growing up and discovering her closeted father in a funeral home. The dark, moody show follows a lesbian girl, played by three different actresses at different stages in her life, who reveals her father’s inner secrets, her own and herself.
Joel Grey, Broadway legend who recently announced he is gay, introduced Fun Home with his daughter Jennifer at the show. She said that the show was about a “brilliant and complicated father.” Grey joked that his daughter “knew something about” that.
Going into the ceremony, Fun Home and An American in Paris were tied with 12 nominations each. An American in Paris came out with four technical awards including one for Christopher Wheeldon for best choreography and one for best scenic design. The casts of each production took to the stage to perform during the awards show along with the rest of the best musical and best musical revival nominees.
One high point was seeing Helen Mirren win her first Tony Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. She said winning best actress in a leading role in a musical was an “unbelievable honor” and she was “so thrilled.” OK, hush Helen. You won already won an Oscar for playing the monarch in The Queen. You’re unbelievable.
Another high was London-born Alex Sharp’s win for best lead actor in a play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). Sharp’s Broadway debut helped him beat out Bradley Cooper and Bill Nighy.
He said in his acceptance speech that this time last year he was picking up his diploma from Julliard, so to be holding the award was “insane.” He also made a special dedication “to any young person out there who feels misunderstood or who feels different and answer that question at the end of the play for you: Does that mean I can do anything? Yes it does.”
Sharp’s win was part of a five-trophy pick up for the adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel. It won five out of the six categories it was nominated for going into the evening.
Also, Skylight won for best musical revival. The British had a good night!
Broadway veterans and hosts Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth brought down the house with musical medley to open the show. The show was full of several other performances from Vanessa Hudgens, Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, Tyne Daly, Josh Groban (with 175 other performers) and more. The telecast was wrapped up with a stunning performance from the cast of Jersey Boys with Oh What a Night to celebrate 10 years on Broadway.
Did you miss the show, or choose not to sit through all of the boring award announcements?
Here is a full list of this year’s winners:
Best Revival of a Musical:
The King and I
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Revival of a Play:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Ruthie Anne Miles, The King and I
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
Best Book of a Musical:
Fun Home (Lisa Kron)
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
Fun Home (Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: Lisa Kron)
Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
Best Costume Design of a Play:
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Catherine Zuber, The King and I
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Best Direction of a Play:
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Direction of a Musical:
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
***Awards and Honors in Non-Competitive Categories
Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
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