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69th Annual Tony Awards: The Highlights

June 1, 2016 by Juliana Panzera
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The 2015- 2016 season has come to a close, and the biggest night on Broadway is upon us once again! Tony Award-winner and Late Late Show host James Corden will be hosting the 70th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

This year’s nominees include She Loves Me, Bright Star, Waitress, Shuffle Along, School of Rock, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof and of course, Hamilton. With just a few weeks left until the big night, take a look back at the highlights of last year’s Tony telecast.

The Hosts

Last year, we were honored with quite the hosting duo, Broadway legends Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Needless to say, there were jokes about their own past performances, and many, many costumes.

Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming 2015 Tony Awards
Photo credit: NY Daily News

The Performances

With performances by nominated shows An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, The King and I, Fun Home and more, it was certainly a night to remember. Here are a few of our favorites of the evening:

 

The Best Speeches

Her time finally came, after all these years getting to know her! Six time nominee Kelli O’Hara won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Anna in LCT’s revival of The King and I.

Fresh out of Julliard, Alex Sharp took home the award for Best Actor in a Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time, which also won Best Play. Watch his precious acceptance speech here:

Broadway favorite Annaleigh Ashford won Best Featured Actress in a Play for playing ballerina- aspiring Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, marking her 2nd nomination and first win for, as she put it in her acceptance speech, “the worst dancing that ever happened on Broadway!”

Michael Cerveris won his second Tony Award, Best Actor in a Musical for his haunting performance as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home. (He also won in 2004 for his role as John Wilkes Booth in Assassins.) You will most certainly shed a tear when he pulls out a tie belonging to the real- life Bruce during his eloquent and moving acceptance speech.

The big, history- making winners of the night… Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, the first all- female writing team to win Best Original Score! Fun Home also won Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Musical for Sam Gold, and top- prize of the night, Best Musical. Not too bad, if I say so myself…

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So who will win big this year? How many of the record-breaking 16 Tony nominations will Lin- Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton actually take home? Let us know what you think in the comments and tune into CBS this Sunday to see for yourself!