Lesbian-themed ‘Fun Home,’ ‘Curious Incident’ big winners at Tony Awards

Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York.

Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)

Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York.Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)

Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York.

NEW YORK — The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show “Fun Home” was named best musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday, one of five big trophies it won on the way to making history for its composing team.

It tied for the winningest show on Broadway this season with the British import “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which also won five awards, including best play. The sumptuous revival of “The King and I” also had reason to whistle a happy tune, with four awards including best revival.

2015 Tony Award winners

Best Musical: “Fun Home”

Best Play: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Best Book of a Musical: “Fun Home”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “Fun Home”

Best Revival of a Play: “Skylight”

Best Revival of a Musical: “The King and I”

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 Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Richard McCabe, “The Audience”

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”

The melody was sadder for “Something Rotten!,” which came into the night with 10 nominations but left with only one award, the same number that both “Wolf Hall” plays took home. “Hand to God,” with five nominations, saw no divine love and Chita Rivera’s return to Broadway in “The Visit” was given the cold shoulder.

London-born actor Alex Sharp won best lead actor in a play for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” beating out stars Bradley Cooper and Bill Nighy.

“This time last year I was picked up my diploma graduating from Julliard, so to be holding this is insane,” he said. “I just want to dedicate this to any young person out there who feels misunderstood or who feels different and answer that question at the end of the play for you: Does that mean I can do anything? Yes it does.”

The adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel also won best play, lighting, scenic design and earned its director Marianne Elliott a Tony, too, with a total of six nominations going into the evening.

“Fun Home,” based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel about growing up with a closeted dad in a funeral home and the first musical to have a lesbian as its main character, won for best book, best lead actor in Michael Cerveris and best direction from Sam Gold. It came into the night with 12 nominations and left with the top trophies.

Cerveris won his second Tony for playing the closeted and suicidal father at the heart of “Fun Home” while O’Hara got her first Tony after six nominations, winning for her role as the English school teacher in the classic musical “The King and I.”

“I love what I do and I don’t need this but now that I have it I’ve some things to say,” she said. “My parents who are sitting next to me for the sixth time, you don’t have to pretend it’s OK this time.”

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