It was theater’s big moment at the Tony Awards last night as the stars of the stage took to the red carpet.
“Fun Home” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” were the big winners of the Tony Awards. “Fun Home” a quirky show based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic-memoir about coming out, took home five awards including Best Musical. West End import “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” won Best Play.
In the revival category, Lincoln Center’s staging of “The King and I” won for musical and “Skylight” won for best play.
It seems fashion also was a big winner. Thanks to a concerted push from Anna Wintour and Broadway costume designer veteran and American Theatre Wing chairman William Ivey Long, attendees got a bit of a fashion push from top designers that lent looks for the red carpet.
Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth hosted all night as well. Chenoweth stepped on stage in her signature, super stiletto platforms, while Cumming donned a pair of ducky dress shoes with his purple suit.
Kelli O’Hara took home Best Actress in a Musical for “The King and I,” her first Tony win after being nominated six times before. O’Hara stood out in a lovely Oscar de la Renta gown and gold strappy pumps to match. “You think I would have written something down at this point,” O’Hara said accepting her award and did a bit of a tap-number as she walked off the stage.
Helen Mirren surprised no one when she won Best Actress in a Play for reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II. She wore a Badley Mischka dress and sandals. It was her first Tony.
Alex Sharp beat out some major names including Bradley Cooper and Bill Nighy as the Best Actor in a Play for his role in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” It was his Broadway debut. “This time last year I picked up my [diploma] after graduating from Juilliard; now I’m holding this,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Sharp was smartly dressed in a cream colored jacket and trousers by Billy Reid.
Michael Cerveris won for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in “Fun Home.”
Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas and electropop artist Kiesza also were in attendance lending their star power to Harvey Weinstein backed “Finding Neverland.”