Date
14 December 2017
The cast of Fun Home pose for photographers after the musical grabbed five trophies at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday. Photo: AFP
The cast of Fun Home pose for photographers after the musical grabbed five trophies at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday. Photo: AFP

British talent dominates Tony Awards

British talent swept the Tony Awards, Broadway’s equivalent of the Oscars, with a musical about sexual discovery and a play about a teenage math whiz each winning five trophies, Mail Online reported.

New hit musical An American in Paris, adapted from the Oscar-winning classic, and Broadway’s revival of The King and I each picked up four Tonys in a star-studded ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sunday, the report said.

Fun Home, a musical about a young woman reconstructing her childhood in order to better understand her gay father, won the coveted prize for best musical and four other Tonys including best direction and best leading actor.

The family drama has won rave reviews since being adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir.

But Fun Home was an unusual all-American success story in a night dominated by British imports who won in a host of categories.

Helen Mirren took home the Tony for leading actress in a play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.

The Audience also won a Tony for British actor Richard McCabe as British prime minister Harold Wilson.

London’s National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won in five of the six categories for which it was nominated, including best play, best actor and best director.

It tells the story of a 15-year-old math prodigy who lives with his divorced dad and turns detective after someone kills a neighbor’s dog.

It was an astonishing success for the British-born Alex Sharp, who took the best actor prize for his portrayal of the lead character.

Skylight, starring British film stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, won the award for best revival of a play, the report said.

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Helen Mirren takes home the Tony for leading actress in a play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. Photo: AFP


Alex Sharp wins the best actor award for his portrayal of the lead character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: AFP


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