With the fact the Fun Home had the most nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards (12), it is no real surprise that the musical was one of the big winners of the evening winning five awards. However, what is surprising, is that the musical with second largest number of nominations (10), Something Rotten! won only one award. Which just goes to show that anything can happen during an award show.
This element of surprise, celebration and crazy hi-jinks was also appeared to be the theme of this year’s special with hosts Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that the end result was what CBS was hoping for. Though these two entertainers are very talented and likeable, their on-going antics wore thin quickly. The pair were worked in many musical numbers and special reprises of some of the songs to hammer home the fact that this award show was only being shown on CBS.
However, the two can’t be blamed totally for the self-indulgent performances. Much of the blame should go to the writers who came up with un-funny bits featuring Cumming dressed as the Anna from The King and I and Chenoweth as the king, Chenoweth dressed up as E.T. and both uttering sexual innuendos about the upcoming presenters. Then, there was the “live” antics happening behind the scenes with the various cast members being honored. Boy, did they look like they were having a great time. Not staged or anything. American theatre deserves a classier show.
Fortunately, for most of us, the reason for watching the Tony’s in the first place, is to see the musical performances from various Broadway productions, and those that were presented did not disappoint. One of the night’s best was from the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland starring Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. As for the plays, a little more time than usual was given to showing clips, albeit short, from the nominated shows. Since Broadway is more than just musicals, it would be nice to see more like this in future award shows.
Highlights of the night included the lifetime achievement award given to Tommy Tune (however, if you blinked you missed it) and a special performance, (that was promoted during every commercial break), by Josh Groban who sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel during the In Memoriam segment. The best presenters of the night were the last ones – Larry David and Jason Alexander. These two should host next year’s show.
The other big winners of the night was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which won for Best Play and four other awards, The King and I winning four awards and An American in Paris also winning four awards. The full list of winners include:
Best Revival of a Play:
Best Revival of a Musical:
The King and I
Best Book of a Musical:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Helen Mirren (The Audience)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris (Fun Home)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Kelli O’Hara (The King and I)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It with You)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Christian Borle (Something Rotten!)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I)
Best Direction of a Play:
Marianne Elliott, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris)
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott (An American in Paris)
Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions (An American in Paris)
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Catherine Zuber (The King and I)
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Paule Constable (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Natasha Katz (An American in Paris)
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: