Although past hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman have normally stolen the spotlight at the Tony Awards, this year’s show focused less on hosts Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, and more on its female winners.
The show Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about her lesbian identity, was the most-awarded show of the night and it took home the Best Musical Prize. It was also a historic moment for Fun Home songwriters Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori since it was the first time an all-female writing team won in the Best Original Score category. As Fun Home collected several awards in the musical categories, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was triumphant in the play categories. Its director, Marianne Elliott, won Best Direction of a Play, and said, “When I was growing up, I didn’t know any female directors, I assumed you had to be a man … It’s getting better in Britain now, but it’s still quite unusual. But I feel pretty good about it.”
Six-time nominee Kelli O’Hara finally won a Tony for her role in The King and I, which led to a long-awaited standing ovation. The leading actress trophy went to Dame Helen Mirren for her stunning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. “Your Majesty did it again,” Mirren said in her acceptance speech for her first Tony. “This is a massive, massive honor.” At this year’s Women in the World Summit, Mirren described a significant film clip of the queen that she watched repetitively to shape her portrayal of her. “There’s a moment, she’s about 12, and she gets out of a huge black car,” Mirren said. “There are all these men in black with their top hats. She gets out of that car with such a sense that, ‘I’ve got to do this correctly, the way I was told.’”
Click here for more of Mirren’s thoughts on the Queen of England, sexism in Hollywood, and her advice for young women from our 2015 Women in the World Summit.
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