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Sydney Lucas from the cast of "Fun Home" performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)--Seattle Times

Tony Awards 2015: ‘Fun Home’ steals the spotlight

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 Musical:
Fun Home

Best Revival of a Musical: 
The King and I

Best Play: 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Revival of a Play:
Skylight

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

Best Choreography:
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations:
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
Tommy Tune

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Arnold Abramson
Adrian Bryan-Brown
Gene O’Donovan

Want to know the competitors in each category? Click here.

 

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Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com