“Fun Home,” which finds a lesbian coming to terms with her sexuality in middle age, on Sunday completed a long journey from the margins to the mainstream as it won the Tony Award for best new musical, the New York Times reports. It also won in four other categories at the 69th annual awards. CBS has a complete list of winners here. Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hosted.
The show, adapted from the best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, bested more traditionally entertaining nominees, propelled by rapturous reviews and, in recent weeks, sold-out crowds to an unexpected victory that is likely to mean a longer run on Broadway and a longer life around the country, the Times article said.
The choice suggests voters were more in the mood to honor artistic fare this year having chosen ambitious and sophisticated productions over more commercial fare, the Times noted.
The Tony for best new play went to “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a show about a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome; the best play revival went to “Skylight,” about a couple grappling with the aftermath of their affair against a backdrop of economic inequality; and best musical revival went to “The King and I,” a sumptuous production that emphasized the complex issues of gender and colonialism that undergird the classic favorite, the New York Times reports.
Actress Kelli O’Hara won best actress in a musical after five previous nominations. She prevailed over several much-loved nominees, including Kristin Chenoweth, one of the hosts of the Tonys, whose exuberant performance in “On the Twentieth Century” has reinforced her reputation as one of the great Broadway musical comedy stars, the Times article said.
Michael Cerveris won the best actor prize for playing the closeted gay father in “Fun Home.” In his speech, he made a nod to the pending Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage and said he hopes it will be successful.
Helen Mirren won best actress for playing Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” a role for which she previously won an Oscar (“The Queen”).
The awards were held at Radio City Music Hall and are presented by the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League. Of the 35 new shows that opened this season, 22 were nominated for at least on award, the New York Times reports.
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