69th Tony Awards review


Another Tony night has come and gone. It was an evening filled with laughter, great hosts and fantastic performances. The 69th Tony Awards aired on June 7, 2015 on CBS and was hosted by Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth.

This years Tonys were especially interesting to me because two fellow women from Oklahoma, Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth, were nominated for Tonys in the same category for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. O’Hara was nominated for “The King and I” and Chenoweth was nominated for “On the Twentieth Century.” Both went to Oklahoma City University and had the same teacher. I was definitely a proud “Okie.”

To kick off the night, “Something Rotten” performed with “A Musical.” Quite fitting for the Tonys. The cast of “The King and I,” performed and were absolutely wonderful. However, the performance that stole the show was “Fun Home.” 11-year-old Tony nominee, Sydney Lucas won the hearts of many with her phenomenal voice.

Other fantastic performances included Lisa Howard in “It Shoulda Been You,” which left everyone wondering why she was not nominated for a Tony. Josh Groban sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for the memoriam, which was very beautiful and touching. “Gigi,” starring Vanessa Hudgens was really good and “Finding Neverland,” starring Matthew Morrison was fabulous. Morrison’s still got it. All of the other performances of the night were great as well.

“Fun Home” won five Tonys this year, including Best Musical. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” won 5 awards as well, including Best Play and Best Leading Actor, which went to Alex Sharp.

“The King and I” won four awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical, which went to Ruthie Ann Miles. She also had the longest acceptance speech and gave a side eye when she was given the cue to hurry up.

Finally, on her sixth Tony nomination, Kelli O’Hara won her first Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She had the best acceptance speech of the night and the best exit.

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Kelli O’Hara

attends the American Theatre Wing's 69th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City.

Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth

Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth were hilarious and talented hosts. From entering in style for their opening number and other jokes, to Cumming fanboying over Josh Groban and finally closing the show by introducing “The Jersey Boys” in “Oh, What A Night.”

For the full list of winners click here.