best scenic design of a play

Okay but can we talk about representation at the Tonys this year?!

- Openly bisexual host Alan Cumming
- Women won for lighting design of a play and a musical and costume design of a musical
- The Tony for leading actor in a play went to a character with autism and that play won the Tony
- A woman won for best direction and another for scenic design for Curious Incident
- A pair of women won for best book and score of a musical (and a musical with a lesbian protagonist at that)
- An Asian woman won for featured actress in a musical
- Fun Home won best musical and whose characters include multiple queer characters including one played by a child

I’m just really happy okay. REPRESENTATION MATTERS. Also Kelli O'Hara finally won a Tony.


With Ruthie Ann Miles’ win at the Tonys, a grand total of SIX Asian people have won a Tony Award.

  • Willa Kim, 1981 and 1991, Best Costume Design (Sophisticated Ladies and The Will Rogers Follies)
  • Ming Cho Lee, 1983, Best Scenic Design (K2)
  • David Henry Hwang, 1988, Best Play (M. Butterfly) [I couldn’t find a picture of him with his award, I’m sorry DHH, you’re still bae]
  • B.D. Wong, 1988, Best Featured Actor in a Play (M. Butterfly
  • Lea Salonga, 1991, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Miss Saigon)
  • Ruthie Ann Miles, 2015, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (The King and I)


  • Beowulf Boritt – Thérèse Raquin
  • Christopher Oram – Hughie
  • Jan Versweyveld – A View from the Bridge
  • David Zinn – The Humans


  • Es Devlin and Finn Ross – American Psycho
  • David Korins – Hamilton
  • Santo Loquasto – Shuffle Along
  • David Rockwell – She Loves Me

The nominees in BOLD are my picks.  Who do you think is going to win?

Important things that happened at the Tony Awards last night that do not include Kelli O’Hara:

  • Fun Home became the first ever all-female team to win for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score (Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron)
  • Fun Home is a story about an LGBT individual who is not only not sexualized, but is also the main character- AND all three actresses playing her were nominated for awards last night (Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, and Emily Skeggs for their portrayals of Alison Bechdel)
  • Ruthie Ann Miles, a woman of color who made her Broadway Debut this season, won for Best Supporting Actress
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a play about a mentally disabled child, won for Best Play
  • Of the eight technical awards that were given out last night (Scenic Design of a Play, Scenic Design of a Musical, Costume Design of a Play, Costume Design of a Musical, Lighting Design of a Play, Lighting Design of a Musical, Direction of a Play, Direction of a Musical) four and a half of them were received by women (Bunny Christie, Catherine Zuber, Paule Constable, Natasha Katz, Marianne Elliott)

Of course you’re allowed to be happy for people you wanted to win- I am particularly happy for Alex Sharp’s win- but these things furthered theatre as we know it, and will continue to change and grow the industry. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THESE WOMEN.

To wrap up why these Tonys we so amazing here is all the women who won in the non-performance categories:

Best Score: Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (lyrics)- Fun Home

Best Book of a Musical: Lisa Kron- Fun Home

Best Direction of a Play: Marianne Elliot- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Bunny Christie (and Finn Ross)- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Catherine Zuber- The King & I

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Paule Constable- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz- An American in Paris

Including Finn Ross for Curious Incident, the number of non-performance Tonys given to men is 6

Women have 8.

Women have out-numbered men in this years Tony Awards. This is so huge you guys, I don’t know if this has ever happened before, but it’s beautiful.