Amazing Tony Awards

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe perform with the cast of the King and I onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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.

Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron won Best Original Score for Fun Home, the first all-female songwriting team to win this award. Kron also won the Tony for Best Book of a Musical.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Helen Mirren, winner of the award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for "The Audience," poses in the press room during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Helen Mirren, winner of the award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for “The Audience,” poses in the press room during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope from "An American in Paris" perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope from “An American in Paris” perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Joe Manganiello attends the 2015 Tony Awards  at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Joe Manganiello attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:   (L-R) Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas and Kiesza speak onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: (L-R) Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas and Kiesza speak onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Kristen Chenoweth and the cast of 'On The Twentieth Century' perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Kristen Chenoweth and the cast of ‘On The Twentieth Century’ perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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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