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.
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.