The 2015 Tony Awards were a fabulous night of ground breaking performances, new winners, old faces, and exceptional theatre. Here are some of the highlights from Broadway’s biggest night.
Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming brilliantly open the show.
The Tony Awards has seen its fair share great of hosts. The past two years with only one host. And Kristin and Alan made sure to remind the audience. “We know you are used to one host,” said Alan Cumming. “But this year it’s so big, it’s begging to be handles by a man and a woman!” Kristin adds. They made an excellent pair, and showed the audience that two are better than one.
Josh Groban and 175 other voices moved us to tears.
Josh Groban performed “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the classic musical Carousel. This song from his new album “Stages” full of Broadway classics was amped up for the Tony Awards. It featured a beautiful orchestra and 175 other voices singing as the tribute video for former Broadway stars played in the background. Needless to say, we were all in tears.
Kelli O’Hara was adorable.
After 6 previous nominations, Kelli O’Hara finally got her Tony Award for her performance in “The King and I.” (Which also won for best Broadway revival). Almost in tears, she quickly gave her speech thanking her family, friends, and husband for her success. She then danced off the stage in joy. It was adorable.
Helen Mirren wins for the Queen.
Helen Mirren won the Tony for her performance in "The Audience." After also winning an Oscar for her performance in "The Queen," she thanked the one person she saw fit. Accepted the award she said, "Your Majesty, you did it again.” The Queen would be proud.
“Fun Home” wins the Tony for Best Musical
“Fun Home,” a completely experimental and passion project but the cast and crew took home the Best New Musical award at the Tonys. The first musical with a lesbian protagonist on Broadway, and a small cast in a round theatre setting, “Fun Home” was a complete underdog. Their acceptance was joyful and enduring.
I would also like to point out that both of my musical predictions came true. Do I get a Tony for being awesome at predictions? Pretty please?