Fun Home won five Tony Awards, the most of any musical at the 69th Annual Tony Awards. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens also won five Tonys, including Best Play, the most of any non-musical play. Kelli O’Hara won her first Tony Award in six tries for her performance as Anna Leonowens in The King and I, which was also named Best Revival of a Musical. Her show also won Tonys for Best Costume Design and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical to Ruthie Ann Miles.
A complete list of the winners and the nominees appears below.
The awards capped the busiest season in Broadway history, with records broken both in attendance and in the amount earned at the box office.
But if the 2015 Tony Awards had a special theme, it was education and a deep bow to the teaching profession. Not only did the Tonys inaugurate a special award for Excellence in Theatre Education, which went to Corey Mitchell of North Carolina, the whole season seemed to support the theme. Both O’Hara and Best Lead Actor in a Musical winner Michael Cerveris won their Tonys playing characters who were teachers. Curious Incident depicted a young man with a mental deficit that was helped in great part by a sympathetic teacher.
Many of the award winners also thanked teachers who made a difference in their lives. At one point actor Joe Manganiello, speaking on behalf of co-sponsor Carnegie Mellon University, asked audience members in the front row to recall a teacher who touched their lives, and all had a cherished name to share.
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