“Fun Home” won the top award at the 2015 Tony Awards Sunday. The emotional show took home the statue for best musical. “Fun Home” beat “An American in Paris,” “The Visit” and “Something Rotten!” for the award.
“Creating a Broadway musical means years of asking yourself, ‘Will this ever happen?’ ” producer Kristin Caskey said. “So to our fellow nominees, we salute you for never giving up and for creating these amazing shows that have made this a truly fantastic Broadway season.”
The show, based on Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel, follows Bechdel as she grows up in a funeral home. Specifically, “Fun Home” focuses on Bechdel’s relationship with her father, who was a closeted gay man.
Though music was being played to get the producers to wrap up their acceptance speech, one made sure that the author of the show’s source material was properly thanked.
“But our foremost gratitude goes to Alison Bechdel,” another producer (who the Tony Awards did not identify) said. “You had the courage to share your family’s story. You chose to trust in us to put it on Broadway and now our audiences are finding a way to understand and love their families. Thank you.”
With 12 nominations, many suspected “Fun Home” would take home the big prize. Best musical was one of five awards that the cast and crew received at Radio City Music Hall. Michael Cerveris won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a musical while Sam Gold won best director of a musical. Lisa Kron won for best book, and then Kron won again with Jeanine Tesori for best original score.