Friday, June 12, 2015

The Winners of the 2015 Tony Awards

I am so far behind on this: the Tony Awards were this past Sunday night, and here I am on a Friday night finally posting the winners. Forgive me for my lateness, and that I will have to keep this brief.

A couple of stray thoughts:


  • I didn't even watch this year's broadcast, unfortunately, so I don't have much to say on the matter. I will have to do better next year.
  • The main narrative of the night was in the musical categories: movie-turned-musical An American in Paris taking on memoir-adaptation Fun Home in a battle for the soul of Broadway.  It was seen as a referendum of what the future of Broadway musicals should be - movie adaptations or original works - and the answer appears to be "a little bit of both." Fun Home walked away with five awards, including Best Musical, but An American in Paris took home four Tonys (all technicals). So it seems we'll continue having this conversation for a while.
  • Helen Mirren became the latest acting "triple crown" winner, earning a Tony (Best Lead Actress in a Play) to go with her Oscar and Emmy. Interestingly, she won all three awards for playing a Queen Elizabeth: the Emmy for Elizabeth I, the Oscar and Tony for Elizabeth II. The last actor to complete the "triple crown" was Christopher Plummer in 2012, when he picked up his Oscar for Beginners.
  • Best Leading Actor in a Play winner Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) is the youngest-ever winner in that category. It was his first Broadway role, and he had just graduated from Julliard last year.
  • Perennial Tony bridesmaid Kelli O'Hara finally won her first Tony this year, winning Best Leading Actress in a Musical for The King and I. It was her sixth nomination.
  • Fun Home author and composer Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, respectively, are the first female duo to win Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre in the Tonys' nearly-70-year-old history.

See below for a full list of winners.

BEST PLAY
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

BEST MUSICAL
Fun Home

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Skylight

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
The King and I

The rest of the night's winners after the jump.


BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Fun Home, book by Lisa Kron

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Fun Home, lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY


Helen Mirren, The Audience

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL


Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kelli O'Hara, The King and I

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Richard McCabe, The Audience

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can't Take It With You

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Bunny Christie and Finn Ross

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
An American in Paris, Bob Crowley and 59 Productions

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, Christopher Oram

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
The King and I, Catherine Zuber

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Paule Constable

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
An American in Paris, Natasha Katz

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Marianne Elliot

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Fun Home, Sam Gold

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
An American in Paris, Christopher Wheeldon

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
An American in Paris, Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott

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