It Was Broadway’s Night To Shine With The 69th Tony Awards

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Credit: Theo Wargo

If there is a crowd that know how to put on an entertaining show, it’s the folks on Broadway. Used to stepping out and treading the boards eight shows a week, they can sing, they can dance, they can deal with the unpredictability of live events, and the Tony Awards certainly have the reputation for being the award show to watch and it’s not just to find out who wins the top awards.

Given hosting duties this year for the 69th Tony Awards were Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, living up to expectations of big elaborate numbers, interesting comedy skits, and generally keeping the show moving while having a whole lot of fun. Peppered with performances from some of the night’s nominated shows (such as Finding Neverland, Gigi, The Visit, On The Twentieth Century), the night belonged to the women and the Brits, with women taking home trophies in every creative field, including Fun Home‘s composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist/book writer Lisa Kron who made history as the first female writing team to win in their categories, and the Broadway transfers of the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time taking home five Tonys and The Audience winning two. The other big winner on the night was Fun Home, equaling Curious Incident‘s haul of five Tonys.

The winners of a 2015 Tony Award were:

Best Musical
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 Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

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 Revival of a Musical
The King and I

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 Revival of a Play
Skylight

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Play
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Author: Simon Stephens

Best Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fun Home. Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics: Lisa Kron

Best Book of a Musical
Fun Home, Lisa Kron

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

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 Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Richard McCabe, The Audience

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Helen Mirren, The Audience

Noncompetitive Awards and Honors:

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Tommy Tune

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

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

Excellence in Theatre Education Award
Corey Mitchell

Visit the Tony Awards website for photos and clips from Broadway’s big night.

Clare Sidoti
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