At the 69th annual edition of the Tony Awards on Sunday, “Fun Home” dominated the musical categories while “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” was the most lauded play with each winning five races. (See full list of winners here.)
“Fun Home” won five of its leading 12 nominations: Best Musical, Score, Book, Director and Actor (Michael Cerveris). The intimate tuner is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s autobiography about growing up in small-town Pennsylvania and the effects that coming out had on her family including her closeted gay father.
“Curious Incident” won five of its six bids: Best Play, Actor (Alex Sharp), Director, Scenic Design, and Lighting Design. The play deals with an autistic boy who investigates the death of the neighbor’s dog. The West End production swept the Olivier Awards in 2013, and the Broadway transfer prevailed in all six of its categories at the recent Drama Desk Awards.
Among other musicals, the new stage adaptation of the 1951 Oscar-winning Best Picture “An American in Paris” went four for 12: Best Choreography, Orchestrations, Lighting Design and Scenic Design.
And the fourth rialto remounting of the 1952 Best Musical champ “The King and I” also claimed four Tonys (from nine nominations): Best Musical Revival, Actress (Kelli O’Hara), Featured Actress (Ruthie Ann Miles) and Costume Design. This was the sixth nomination in 11 years for O’Hara who had yet to win. The role of Anna Leonowens also won Tonys for its originator, Gertrude Lawrence, and Donna Murphy who headlined the 1996 Tony-winning revival.
The only other musical to take home a Tony was “Something Rotten,” which won one of its 10 bids: Featured Actor for Christian Borle who romped and chomped scenery as William Shakespeare. He had won the featured prize on the play side three years ago for “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
As expected, Helen Mirren won Best Actress (Play) for reprising her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.” She had won the Olivier for the original West End production as had Richard McCabe who claimed the Featured Actor prize for his portayal of Harold Wilson, one of the Queen’s favorite prime ministers.
No other play won more than one award. Best Play Revival went to “Skylight.” Annaleigh Ashford won Best Featured Actress for her scene-stealing work in “You Can’t Take It With You” (Best Featured Actress,). And “Wolf Hall, Parts 1 and 2” took Best Costume Design.