Tony awards 2015: Fun Home takes coveted best musical prize – as it happened

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The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time named best play, while The King and I and Skylight win for best revivals

Oh what a night!

Well that’s it for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. The big winner of the night was Fun Home, which won five trophies in key races like best musical, best actor in a musical, best director of a musical, and best book of a musical. Its young star Syndey Lucas, meanwhile, won all of our hearts. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time tied with five as well, including best play and the best actor prize for young Alex Sharp.

The King and I followed closely on their heels with four Tonys, including one — FINALLY! — for Kelli O’Hara.

As for the hosts? Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth kept the show zipping along smoothly, with a few inventive costume changes and just enough banter to keep viewers entertained. It was more PG than we expected, given Cumming’s tendency towards the suggestive.

As for disappointments: Both Kayla and Jana are pretty peeved that Hand to God walked away empty handed. The play tells the tale of a mother and son’s descent into madness after the death of the family patriarch. It featured a spectacular Gollum/Smeagol-esque performance from Steven Boyer, who played both a troubled young boy and his demonic sock puppet, Tyrone. It’s dark, profane, and utterly hilarious. Tickets for Fun Home and Curious Incident are going to be impossible to come by for the next couple weeks, so skip the rush lines and see this instead.

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Kelli O’’Hara accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for “The King and I” Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

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We’ve made it.

Here is the full list of winners:

Alex Sharp, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for
Alex Sharp, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is one of the winners.

Sharp said that he was ”surprised to be holding this [award]” and that the moment he won was the “highest adrenaline moments of [his] life”.

“It’s too late, I am already stuck up and decadent,” he joked with the reporters when asked about whether winning would change him.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say that my fellow nominees are all extraordinary actors that I feel blessed to say that I am equal to them,” he said.

I feel extraordinary to be holding this. I feel like I won it for my character, Christopher, and for people like Christopher, people that he represents. I feel like that’s where the victory lies, not over my competitors.”

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Frontrunner for Tweet of the Night:

Tony Awards pass the Bechdel test.

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 8, 2015

Fun Home wins a Tony award for the best musical.

And the award goes to ... Fun Home!

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Larry David is onstage doing his Larry David thing. Jason Alexander’s holding his own as his co-presenter.

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When he accepted his award, Michael Cerveris delivered a special message saying that he hopes the Supreme Court will soon make same-sex marriage legal in the US.

"Let's encourage everyone to be their pure & wonderful selves. And let's hope the Supreme Court recognizes that as well." - @cerveris 👏🏼👏🏼🙌🏼

— Melissa Huff (@mel_huf) June 8, 2015

Also Michael Cerveris. Speech. Wow. Supreme Court. Yes.

— Taylor (@tmcwoods) June 8, 2015

Antonin Scalia is totally sitting at home watching Michael Cerveris talk about the same-sex marriage Supreme Court case on the Tonys!!!!!!!!

— aanchal (@aanchalsahay) June 8, 2015

Here is some of our coverage of this important issue:

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Kelli O’Hara wins a Tony award for best leading actress in a musical.

And the award goes to ... Kelli O’Hara, The King and I.

“I love what I do,” she said as she took the stage. She finally won on her sixth Tony nomination. To her parents, she said: “This time you don’t have to pretend it’s ok.”

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Enter Neil Patrick Harris, who starts off with a self-deprecating joke about his Oscars hosting gig (it was not as successful as his Tonys efforts). He’s presenting best actress in a musical.

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Blast from the past: The old razzle dazzle ... Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony awards in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Michael Cerveris wins a Tony award for best leading actor in a musical.

And the award goes to ... Michael Cerveris, Fun Home. This is his second Tony.

This was a close one. Even our readers couldn’t pick one.

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It was so close. Photograph: The Guardian

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Can someone go get us some tissues? Thanks.

We are now holding our In Memoriam Tribute to the theater stars that have dimmed this year.

Josh Groban hasn’t even started singing yet and we’re already crying.

Earlier in the evening, we had some special Tony Awards:

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

Considering what huge personalities Mitchell and Schwartz are, I’m a little surprised these were cut from the broadcast.

Tyrone must be PISSED.

Alex Sharp wins a Tony award for best leading actor in a play.

And the award goes to ... Alex Sharp. Another win for The Curious Incident of the Dog.

This is Sharp’s Broadway debut.

Once again, our readers were spot on.

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You are on fire! Photograph: The Guardian

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Lo, a commenter has replied to my unbridled kvetching about The Visit and it was...civil! You have renewed my faith in humanity and the internet, Enodoc.

Kayla: I won't pick a fight with you about The Visit, but, although I heard that the show wasn't very good, the production number is the one I've seen so far that actually makes we want to see the show! I was surprised to find the An American in Paris number kind of dull. And having seen the original production of On the Twentieth Century, a show I really liked, I have no desire to see the revival, based on the lame production number performed a little while ago.

Valid points! I would recommend Enodoc get the cast recording for The Visit, rather than pay an arm and a leg to se the actual show. There’s another truly gorgeous song in there called You, You, You that deserves to be remembered and performed for posterity. Unfortunately, the rest of the show doesn’t live up to it IMHO. Jana recommends giving On the Twentieth Century a try if you don’t mind a bit of schmaltz in your shows.

David Hyde Pierce just made a brief cameo... mini Frasier reunion?

Where is the backstage pictures of Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce?! I NEED MY FRASIER REUNION #TonyAwards

— Laura Hahn (@hahnsolo23) June 8, 2015

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The King and I wins a Tony award for the best revival of a musical.

And the award goes to ... The King and I.

Kelli O'Hara, left, and Ken Watanabe of  The King and I  perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards
Kelli O’Hara, left, and Ken Watanabe of The King and I perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards Photograph: Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

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Finding Neverland is up, performing Stronger for its big Tony Awards showcase. Yes, that is Mr. Schue up there, singing with an Irish accent as the playwright J.M. Barrie.

Mr. Schue has ripped off his jacket, unbuttoned his shirt, and rolled up his sleeves. Jana can’t even right now.

Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison attend the 2015 Tony Awards
Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison attend the 2015 Tony Awards Photograph: Kevin Mazur/(Credit too long, see caption)

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I can already tell that this is going to be my favorite part of the night.

We are all in for a treat. Especially, if you love Peter Pan and Kelsey Grammer.

There was not a dry eye in the entire theatre when I went to see Finding Neverland. The same friend who did not enjoy Life is Like a Train loved this musical.

“Ropes are fun,” she said about Stronger.

Also - speaking of beards - Matthew Morrison’s beard is much more attractive than Sting’s.

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Skylight wins a Tony for revival of a play.

And the award goes to ... Skylight.

The cast of this revival includes Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. This is David Hare’s first play to win a Tony.

Bill Nighy, nominated for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Play for Skylight, arrives for the Tony Awards.
Bill Nighy, nominated for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Play for “Skylight,” arrives for the Tony Awards. Photograph: EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

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We are back from commercial.

In the meantime, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won a Tony for scenic design for a play and An American in Paris won a Tony for scenic design for a musical.

Chita Rivera is currently performing a song from The Visit.

Confession: I hated this show. I know, it’s Chita, and it’s Kander and Ebb’s final collaboration. But it felt like it wanted to be eight different shows and couldn’t make up its mind about which one it was, and didn’t do its star justice at all.

Expect me to be struck down from a bolt of lighting for this brazen act of blasphemy. But I’m sticking to my guns on this. You can pick a fight with me in the comments if you want.

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Let’s talk about Sting’s beard.

Here it is on the red carpet earlier this evening.

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Impressive. Photograph: tonyawards.com

Isn’t that glorious? It just took the stage at the Tonys, and it is definitely deserving of its own award. He was nominated for best original score for The Last Ship (remember that?) but didn’t win.

Here are some of our totally unfounded theories as to why he’s grown the beard:

Maybe he’s sitting shivah for the Last Ship.

Maybe he’s actually joined the crew of a whaling ship.

Maybe grew it out for this year’s hellish New York winter and just decided to keep it.

Maybe he moved to Brooklyn.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time wins a Tony for best play.

And the best play Tony award goes to ... The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Looks like our readers called this one:

Guardian readers TONY poll
Well done, you! Photograph: The Guardian

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I have an admission to make: I like cheesy musicals.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing On the Twentieth Century - and the Life is Like a Train song. However, my friends did not.

“That song is like being run over by a train- painful and far longer than anticipated,” a very good friend, who shall not be named, told me this week.

Next time, I am taking my mom.

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Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I, wins a Tony for the best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical. This is her Broadway debut.

Miles read her Thank You speech off of her iPhone.

“There’s a lot of people here!” she said.

Miles, whose speech ran a taad too long, got stomped off.

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Christian Borle is watching you, fangirls.

So I asked Christian Borle about @ChrisBorlesArms. HE SAYS HE'S SEEN IT BUT TWITTER IS NOT FOR HIM. #TonyAwards

— Michael Gioia (@PlaybillMichael) June 8, 2015

Another creative award from the commercial break:

Bob Crowley wins a Tony for Scenic Design of a Musical for @AmericanInParis. Really the next best thing to going to Paris ourselves!

— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 8, 2015

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By the way, the astonishing young lady you just saw perform the heart-wrenching song Ring of Keys from Fun Home is named Sydney Lucas. She is but 11.

Here’s the New York Times again on how that performance came together:

Although the song the “Fun Home” team wanted was not the Tony producers’ first choice, they embraced the idea, and went one step further: they offered to shoot it in a way that would hint at the fact that the musical — adapted from a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel — is small, intimate and dark, and the only one on Broadway being presented in the round. Ms. Kron wrote a 30-second, three-actor, expository scene, and the show added more visual cues than it uses on stage — a diner table with a small jukebox, a half-drunk glass of juice, a napkin holder — to set up the song for broadcast viewers

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“As much as I thought the other number would have been good on television, if we’re putting something up that they’re thinking doesn’t represent their show, we’re not all hitting our common goal,” Mr. Weiss said.

For all her newfound fans, Lucas is on Twitter @SydneyLucasNYC!

At @TheTonyAwards !! pic.twitter.com/XvmHBybkzZ

— Sydney Lucas (@SydneyLucasNYC) June 8, 2015

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I want Tommy Tune and Dulé Hill to have a tap dance-off.

Actor Tommy Tune, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, kicks in the air after being presented the award.
Actor Tommy Tune, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, kicks in the air after being presented the award. Photograph: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Images from a few of the night’s performances so far.

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On the Town Photograph: Theo Wargo/(Credit too long, see caption)
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On the Town Photograph: Theo Wargo/(Credit too long, see caption)
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“The King and I” Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
“Something Rotten!”
“Something Rotten!” Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

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Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, wins a Tony for best direction of a play. This is her second Tony.

“We have had quite an adventure with this play,” said Elliott. “We’ve never set out to make a dime. We never even thought we would find an audience.”

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“I said ‘Fun Home’!” — The Tonys go big on this pun joke

This is clearly the only way you could follow the astonishing Sydney Lucas. Well done, Tonys. pic.twitter.com/rqbHF1aDXx

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 8, 2015

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A couple key winners from the commercial break:

Best original score: Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: Lisa Kron for Fun Home

Best book of a musical: Lisa Kron for Fun Home.

All in all, Fun Home’s having a pretty amazing night so far.

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Sam Gold wins a Tony for best direction of a musical. He is the director of Fun Home.

The winner of best director award is often indicative of who will win best musical award. According to Kayla, this might mean that Fun Home might take home the night’s most coveted prize.

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During the commercial break, Tommy Tune was awarded special Tony award for lifetime achievement in the theatre.

Earlier this year, Tommy Tune joined the cast of Encores! revival of Lady, Be Good! Seeing him tap dance was one of the highlights of my year.

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Meanwhile...

Helen Mirren just walked in the press room with a martini glass. GIRL. YES.

— Michael Gioia (@PlaybillMichael) June 8, 2015

“I really want a Grammy. It’s terrible, isn’t it?” said Mirren, adding that she might just have to record an audio book in order to win the award. “I am thinking about it.”

Mirren went on to say that one of the best pieces of advice was not to be afraid.

“Fear is destructive. Do not be afraid. Don’t give in to fear. Overcome fear. I think it was absolutely the wisest thing that anyone has ever said to me and ... apart from my husband telling me that I should do this play on Broadway,” she said, laughing.

Mirren also spoke of the audience and ... naked cowboy.

“I have been on Broadway three times. This is my third time. Every time I have absolutely loved it,” said Mirren.

It’s a combination of the audiences that are spectacular, generous and warm - and amazing considering how much money it costs to come to Broadway. It’s so expensive. And the audiences are so giving and they want to have a good time and then they give you a good time. And then you come out and the streets are packed with other people and naked cowboy. It’s like, so fun.”

You can watch the press room cam live here.

British actress Helen Mirren accepts the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play for
British actress Helen Mirren accepts the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play for The Audience. Photograph: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Update: Not a martini.

I can personally verify she ordered a vodka gimlet. #TonyAwards https://t.co/g2w4ZlXcLa

— Aaron Meier (@AaronMeier) June 8, 2015

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Tony Yazbeck— cautiously — hands Anna Wintour a bouquet of yellow flowers during the start of his Tonys performance for On The Town.

“This is just like Fleet Week all over again!” — Jana

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Annaleigh Ashford wins a Tony for featured actress in a musical.

Ashford, who won for her role in You Can’t Take It With You, was previously nominated for her role as a shoe-factory worker in the Broadway smash Kinky Boots. You might also know her as Betty DiMello on Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

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Something Rotten’s Christian Borle wins a Tony for best featured actor in a musical.

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale presented.

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Actor Christian Borle Photograph: Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic

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One of the most anticipated performances of the night, from the cast of the revival of The King and I, gets underway.

There are too many magnificent songs to choose from in the show, so they’ve gone for a medley of Getting to Know You, Something Wonderful, and, of course, Shall We Dance.

In case you’re feeling nostalgic, like we are, here’s the iconic scene from the 1956 film starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.

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Hey Taye.

Richard McCabe wins a Tony for best featured actor in a play. That makes two Tonys for The Audience.

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We are back from the first commercial break. Alan Cumming has put on pants.

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Helen Mirren wins a Tony for best leading actress in a play.

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Helen Mirren Photograph: EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

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A snap judgement on the first performance of the night, Brian D’Arcy James and Brad Oscar performing A Musical! from Something Rotten.

Something Rotten is basically just the second coming of Spamalot #TonyAwards

— Kayla Epstein (@KaylaEpstein) June 8, 2015

To elaborate: This is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Accurate.

When the Spring Awakening cast turns 40. pic.twitter.com/AtcPiEoM87

— Tyce Green (@tyce) June 8, 2015

As the show gets underway, let us remind you of your top picks.

After the nominees were announced back in April, we asked you to vote for your favorites. Here are your picks:

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Curtain's up!

Here we go! The Tony Awards broadcast begins now on CBS.

Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth are kicking things off.

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen, and those who don’t identify as either!” declares Cumming, who is wearing another pair of shorts, this time in a fetching lilac.

They begin by singing Wilkommen, of course.

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The Tony broadcast is beginning momentarily. So who’s going to win big tonight? Here’s what the critics are predicting:

The New York Times has interviewed 44 of the 844 eligible Tony voters. Based on those interviews, here is what they predict:

Sure winners:

  • Best Revival of a Musical: The King and I
  • Best Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Best Revival of a Play: Skylight
  • Best Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren, The Audience
  • Best Actor in a Musical: Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Close races:

  • Best Musical: An American in Paris and Fun Home
  • Best Actress in a Musical: Chita Rivera, The Visit; Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century; Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
  • Best Actor in a Play: Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Steven Boyer, Hand to God

And here are predictions of Jesse Green, published on Vulture:

  • Best Revival of a Play: Skylight
  • Best Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Best Direction of a Play: Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Best Actor in a Play: Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Best Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren, The Audience
  • Best Musical: Fun Home
  • Best Revival of a Musical: The King and I
  • Best Actress in a Musical: Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
  • Best Actor in a Musical: Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

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Aw.

On the @TheTonyAwards red carpet with my cutie co host. She's in @ZacPosenStudio and I'm wearing @TheLucioCastro pic.twitter.com/rX92vr27Jb

— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) June 7, 2015

But more importantly, we need to talk about Alan Cumming’s formal shorts. Forts?

Here’s some snap Gchat analysis from Jana: “I can be persuaded to like formal shorts.” She wisely points out that he also wears shorts in Cabaret, and this could be a nod to the now-closed revival.

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On the red carpet, Christian Borle is talking about the tight leather pants he wears in the comedic Shakespearian musical, Something Rotten.

We are listening.

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Breaking Bad, the musical?

Bryan Cranston, who won a Tony for the best actor in a play last year, is one of the producers of Finding Neverland. The cast of the show - which includes Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer - will perform later tonight.

“It’s just a sweet story,” Cranston said of the musical.

Then, prompted by Darren Criss, he said:

The first Broadway show I saw was in the late 70s and it was Hair. And I couldn’t believe it. Now, there are ... people are naked on the stage, you know. And it’s like: ‘Oh my God, what have I come into?’

Ever since then I’ve wanted to do a musical and at some point even though I am not a song and dance man, I want to pretend that I am. I want to believe that I am. Just like Finding Neverland. You’ve got to believe. And so at some point, I am going to be on the Broadway stage doing a musical.”

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Bryan Cranston accepts the award for best actor in a play for All The Way, a drama about Lyndon Johnson. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A mini Glee reunion on the red carpet right now.

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Glee might be over, but Darren Criss and Matthew Morrison’s bromance lives on. Photograph: tonyawards.com

Stars arrive for the Tonys red carpet

Debra Messing
Debra Messing (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions) Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/(Credit too long, see caption)

Here’s Helen Mirren, who’s playing the Queen again. Bow down.

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Helen Mirren. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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Bryan Cranston (R) and Robin Dearden Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/(Credit too long, see caption)
Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/(Credit too long, see caption)
 Bobby Canivale and Rose Byrne
Bobby Canivale and Rose Byrne Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/(Credit too long, see caption)
Chita Revera
Chita!!! Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/(Credit too long, see caption)

Joel Grey and his daughter, the one and only Jennifer Grey, have hit the red carpet.

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Joel Grey and Jennifer Grey on the Tony Awards red carpet Photograph: tonyawards.com

They’re going to be introducing the musical Fun Home during the telecast, and the New York Times has an insidery-look at how that came to be:

Although the song the “Fun Home” team wanted was not the Tony producers’ first choice, they embraced the idea, and went one step further: they offered to shoot it in a way that would hint at the fact that the musical — adapted from a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel — is small, intimate and dark, and the only one on Broadway being presented in the round. Ms. Kron wrote a 30-second, three-actor, expository scene, and the show added more visual cues than it uses on stage — a diner table with a small jukebox, a half-drunk glass of juice, a napkin holder — to set up the song for broadcast viewers.

And the Tonys agreed to a “Fun Home” request to reinforce the unusual father-daughter relationship at the heart of their show by allowing their number to be introduced by Joel Grey — the Tony-winning actor who acknowledged his own homosexuality this year at age 82 — and his daughter, the actress Jennifer Grey.

Josh Groban is currently schmoozing with Criss and Boggess over at the red carpet live stream. He’ll be singing the “In Memoriam” segment this year. Get your tissues ready now, everyone.

Here’s the full list of nominees for 2015. Best musical nominees An American in Paris and Fun Home tied for the most nods with a dozen apiece, followed by Something Rotten and The King and I with ten and nine, respectively. Film stars Helen Mirren (The Audience), Bradley Cooper (The Elephant Man), Bill Nighy (Skylight) and Carey Mulligan (Skylight) are all up for awards, but this has been a strong year for Broadway’s homegrown talent as well.

Best Musical
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

Best Play
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Disgraced
Hand to God
Wolf Hall Parts One and Two

Best Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man
Skylight
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It With You

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God”
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Book of a Musical
An American in Paris, Craig Lucas
Fun Home, Lisa Kron
Something Rotten!, Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
The Visit, Terrence McNally

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fun Home, Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: Lisa Kron
The Last Ship, Music and Lyrics: Sting
Something Rotten!, Music and Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
The Visit, Music: John Kander, Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two
David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It With You

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Costume Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It With You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Tommy Tune

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Arnold Abramson
Adrian Bryan-Brown
Gene O’Donovan

Updated

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Hello and welcome to our live blog of the 69th annual Tony Awards! We’ll be live blogging and commentating throughout the night. The broadcast begins at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central on CBS!

The red carpet isn’t broadcast this year, but there’s a live stream happening now hosted by Broadway stars Laura Osnes, Sierra Boggess, and Darren Criss (cue fangirl squeals). You can watch it here.

Here are some scenes as celebrities arrive:

Tonys bound with some very pretty ladies. @RottenBroadway @TheTonyAwards pic.twitter.com/dmftvYqgzA

— Brian d'Arcy James (@briandarcyjames) June 7, 2015

@GeorgeTakei on the @TheTonyAwards #RedCarpet. pic.twitter.com/rIDMKRVIJP

— CMU School of Drama (@cmudrama) June 7, 2015

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