‘Fun Home’ and ‘Curious Incident’ Big Winners at Tony Awards
The 69th Tony Awards took place Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with “Fun Home” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” each collecting five awards.
“Fun Home,” a story based on Alison Bechdel’s novel memoir about growing up as a lesbian with a closeted gay father, won the Tony Award for best new musical. The show also won a best director Tony for Sam Gold and best lead-actor for Michael Cerveris who portrayed the father.
The Tony Award for best new play went to “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a story about a young boy wit Asperger’s syndrome.
The best play revival was won by “Skylight,” the story of an East London school teacher and the affair she had had with her one-time boss. The best musical revival went to “The King and I,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s fifth musical, which traces the relationship of Anna, a British schoolteacher, and the King of Siam who hires her in his quest to modernize his country.
Helen Mirren won a best actress Tony for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience” and her co-star, Richard McCabe, who portrayed Prime Minister Harold Wilson, won the Tony for featured actor in a play.
The awards were hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, who was up for a Tony herself. The awards capped a blockbuster season, the highest grossing in Broadway history with record attendance.
The Tony Awards are a joint venture of the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League, the trade association that represents Broadway theater owners and operators as well as show producers. Over 800 actors, writers, producers, designers, and critics are eligible to vote.
The Broadway League said that, in the 2014-2015 season, sales of tickets at the 40 Broadway theaters had totaled a record $1.365 billion and that over 13 million people had attended shows. Attendance rose 13.3% over the past two years, the League added. Attendance the prior season was 12.21 million.
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