2015 Tony Awards - Press Room
Helen Mirren, winner of the award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for “The Audience,” poses in the press room during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Even if you don’t go to see live theater or follow it in the news, it has been hard to escape some mention of the Tony Awards in recent headlines.

The Tony Awards, according to their website, are awards for theater excellence given out by the American Theatre Wing each year.  Much like the Oscars, which are awarded for film achievements in a given year, The Tony’s are divided into different categories, each recognizing actors and actresses as well as other elements of theater.

The Tony’s have be given out since 1947 and are named for Antoinette Perry who had passed away just the year before.  The show that year was held in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and included performances by Mickey Rooney and Ethel Waters among others. That first year’s extravaganza gave out eleven awards in seven categories.

Fast Forward to today and the Tony’s is a full night of awards ceremony as well as second screen experiences like the preshow coverage of the red carpet and separate creative arts awards segments.

So now the big question, who won? Here are a few of this year’s winners. A complete list of this year’s Tony award winners is available on their website.

Best Musical

Winner: “Fun Home”

Other nominees: “An American in Paris,” “Something Rotten!” and “The Visit.”

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Winner: “The King and I”

Other nominees: “On the Town” and “On the Twentieth Century”

 

Best Play

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

Other nominees: “Disgraced,” “Hand to God” and “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”

 

Best Revival of a Play

Winner: “Skylight”

Other nominees: “The Elephant Man,” “This Is Our Youth” and “You Can’t Take It with You”

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Winner: Helen Mirren in “The Audience”

Other nominees: Geneva Carr in “Hand to God,” Elisabeth Moss in “The Heidi Chronicles,” Carey Mulligan in “Skylight” and Ruth Wilson in “Constellations”

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Winner: Alex Sharp in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Other nominees: Steven Boyer in “Hand to God,” Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man,” Ben Miles in “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two” and Bill Nighy in “Skylight”

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Winner: Kelli O’Hara in “The King and I”

Other nominees: “Kristin Chenoweth” in “On the Twentieth Century,” Leanne Cope in “An American in Paris,” Beth Malone in “Fun Home” and Chita Rivera in “The Visit”

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Winner: Michael Cerveris in “Fun Home”

Other nominees: Robert Fairchild in “An American in Paris,” Brian d’Arcy James in “Something Rotten!,” Ken Watanabe in “The King and I” and Tony Yazbeck in “On the Town”

 

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