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It was a evening of stars at the 69th Annual TONY Awards last night, with some surprise wins -- rather, vindication for dedicated fans who were excited to see favorites win across categories including Best Musical (Fun Home), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara, The King & I), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Helen Mirren, The Audience), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Christian Borle, Something Rotten).
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The little musical that could, which began at the Public Theater in SoHo and has now swept the TONY Awards just a year later, Fun Home also took home the award for Best Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), Best Direction of a Musical (Sam Gold), Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron), and Best Original Score (Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori).
Among the upsets, however, was Chita Rivera's loss to Kelli O'Hara (both of whom were considered front runners) in Kander and Ebb's final musical, The Visit. There was also a near total snub of Something Rotten with the exception of the award going to Christian Borle -- a show that was considered a possible frontrunner for Best Musical, and more likely, Brad Oscar as the ill-informed soothsayer, Nostradamus.
In addition to Fun Home, the night brought a series of coveted awards for another favorite, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, taking home a total of five including Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Alex Sharp), Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott), Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Lighting Design of a Play.
Among the award show's firsts, the night brought recognition of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron as the first female duo to win Best Score of a Musical (Fun Home) and Ruthie Ann Miles as the first Asian American to win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (The King & I). It also brought an end to Kelli O'Hara's six TONY Award nominee-only streak, finally bringing home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical as Anna Leonowens in the lush revival of The King & I. The show itself swept an additional three awards including the TONY Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Kelli O'Hara (The King & I)
Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Annaleigh Ashford (You Can't Take It With You)
Christian Borle (Something Rotten)
Ruthie Ann Miles (The King & I)
Richard McCabe (The Audience)
John Cameron Mitchell (Special TONY Award, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron (Fun Home writers, book and score)
Sam Gold (Director, Fun Home)
Marianne Elliott (Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Corey Mitchell (Recipient, Excellence In Theater Education Award)
Creative Team, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bunnie Christie and Finn Ross (Best Scenic Design, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (Orchestrations, An American In Paris)
Catherine Zuber (Costume Designer, The King & I)
Christopher Oram (Costume Designer, Wolf Hall)
Natasha Katz (Lighting Designer, An American in Paris)
Producers of Fun Home
Producers of The King & I