Helen Mirren, musical 'Fun Home' win top Tony Awards

Mon Jun 8, 2015 12:26am EDT
 
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Helen Mirren won her first Tony on Sunday for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience," and the lesbian-coming of age story "Fun Home" nabbed the top acting prize for Michael Cerveris and best musical at the 69th Tony Awards.

British import "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," about a teenage math wizard with Asperger Syndrome who goes on an incredible journey, won five awards, including best play, director and actor for its star, recent Juilliard School graduate Alex Sharp.

Mirren described her win as "an incredible honor."

With a Tony, Broadway's highest honor, an Emmy and an Oscar, she said she would love to win a Grammy, which are for recorded material. "I have to do an audio book," she joked.

Sharp, in his Broadway debut, surpassed Hollywood star Bradley Cooper and veteran actor Bill Nighy for the best actor accolade.

"Oh my God, oh my God. It's so crazy," said a surprised Sharp, who dedicated his award to young people who feel misunderstood or different.

"I feel like I won this award for my character, Christopher, and for people like Christopher," he said backstage.

Cerveris took home best actor in a musical, his second Tony, for playing the closeted homosexual father in "Fun Home," which also earned Tonys for best director for Sam Gold, as well as best book and best score.   Continued...

 
British actress Helen Mirren accepts the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play for "The Audience". REUTERS/Lucas Jackson