Women Kicked Ass At This Year’s Tony Awards
Last night, the Tony Awards (also known as the Super Bowl of Broadway) made history as women took home awards in nearly every creative discipline. Musical theatre — especially the act of actually making and writing and directing the stuff — has always been a boys’ club, and that’s usually especially clear at the Tony Awards, but this year’s ceremony took an unexpectedly pro-women turn. Fun Home, the new musical based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s beloved graphic memoir of the same name, won Best Musical, the most coveted award of the evening. That in itself is a triumph — the honest, intimate musical is a coming-of-age tale with an emphasis on Bechdel’s relationship with her father growing up, and despite rave reviews, few thought it stood a chance against more traditionally staged nominees like An American In Paris.
The cherry on top, however, was when Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist/book writer Lisa Kron took trophies for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre and Best Book of A Musical, making them the first ever female writing team to take home awards in their respective categories! Tesori is the force who brought us other favorites like “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Violet,” and Kron is the talent behind beloved play “Well.” Other fabulous female winners included Marianne Elliott for Best Direction Of A Play (for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time), Natasha Katz for Best Lighting Design of a Musical (for An America In Paris), Catherine Zuber for Best Costume Design of a Musical (for The King And I), and Bunny Christie for Best Scenic Design of a Play (for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time). While he’s not a lady, it’s also worth noting that John Cameron Mitchell, creator and former star of Hedwig And The Angry Inch received a Special Tony Award for his incredible contribution to theatre. It was a great night to be a Broadway fan.
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