10 Things We Learned at the 2015 Tony Awards

Originally written for and posted on Long Story Short, official blog of the Long Center.

Alright, you caught us… The Tony Awards are not technically an “art in Austin.” But, the theatre-lovers that we are, obviously that’s what we were doing last night from 7-10PM CST. And in case you weren’t (and even if you were), here are the ten most important things we learned from Broadway’s biggest night.

10. Who run the world? Girls.


Composers Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron took him the prize for Fun Home‘s music, lyrics, and book, Marianne Elliot won for her direction of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Catherine Zuber accepted for her costume designs in The King and I, and Bunny Christie won for her scenic design of Curious Incident. You go girl(s), indeed.

9. All the other states can just stop trying- we gave birth to the “Ten Time Tony Winning Tapping Texan” Tommy Tune.

8. It’s much better to be shuffled offstage by a line of dancing chorus boys than the classical music swell we hear at every other award’s show.


7. There is no better acceptance speech than a Tony acceptance speech.


“I just want to dedicate this to any young person who feels misunderstood and feels different,” – Alex Sharp (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime)

“I love what I do. And I don’t need this, but now that I have it, I’ve got some things to say. [To her parents] You don’t have to pretend it’s OK this time, thank you for giving me roots.” – Kelli O’ Hara (The King and I)

“Our show is about home… I’m fortunate to have a beautiful and supportive home thanks to [those] that instilled a love of art and passion for other people, that I wish everybody’s parents could give them.” – Michael Cerveris (Fun Home)

We’re not crying… you are.

6. Next year we want Iain‘s job.

5. Just when you think you’re a pretty accomplished human being, Sydney Lucas comes along and gives a showstopping performance… at 11-years-old.

4. Wig caps are hard, y’all.

476298480Kristin tried. We still love her.

3. 6th time’s a charm. And when you’re Kelli O’Hara and you win your first Tony on the sixth try, you’re more than allowed to do some sort of improv-shuffle off the stage of Radio City Music Hall (see gif #1).


2. Whoever made the Alan Cumming/ Kristin Chenoweth casting calls needs a raise. Whoever decided to end the show with Jersey Boys does not.


We love Jersey Boys, don’t get us wrong. But you have two insanely talented Tony winners right there! If NPH and Audra can rap, Kristin and Alan can give us a finale.

1. We’re extremely overdue for a trip to the Great White Way.


You can find the complete list of 2015 Tony Award winners here.


About Wendi

Welcome to my little, personalized, and (mostly) fun corner of the internet. Whether you're here to read about Broadway, entertainment, or the laughable struggles of a recent college graduate making it out in corporate America, you've come to the right place. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em!) with dual degrees in broadcast journalism and theatre, and currently work full time as Director of Regional Marketing for Broadway Across America. My weaknesses are chips and queso, Dance Moms, romantic comedies, photo booths, and show tunes. Resume, writing samples (more serious ones...), and my life story can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendireichstein/.
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