Best: 'Fun Home' Cleaning Up
Alison Bechdel's graphic novel about a suicidal parent and lesbian sexual awakening may seem like unlikely song-and-dance fodder, but Fun Home's richly deserved quintuple win (including Best Musical and Direction) proved that Broadway has come a long way. Eleven-year-old Featured Actress nominee Sydney Lucas brought the house down with her performance of "Ring of Keys," the show's ode to the beauty of female butchness. It was a rare bird of a Tony performance: tons of heart and zero bombast. Best Actor winner Michael Cerveris, who portrays the play's troubled dad, delivered a sweet speech while clutching a necktie owned by the real Bruce Bechdel in his hand. But perhaps most significantly, playwright-lyricist Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori busted through the Tonys glass ceiling when they became the first female writing team to nab double awards for Best Book and Score.