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First All-Female Writing Team Makes Tony Awards History

“Finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home had its world premiere at The Public Theater in 2013. With an incredibly successful Broadway transfer, the groundbreaking musical scored big last night at the 69th Annual Tony Awards when it won in multiple categories, including Best Musical and Best Director; however, the show also made history.

Not only has the show created waves for featuring the first lesbian protagonist on Broadway, but also because Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori took home the Tonys for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, thus making them the first all-female writing team to win the coveted awards. The last time an all female team was nominated for Book and Score was in 1991 when Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman received nods for their musical adaptation of The Secret Garden. 

The pivotal coming-of-age story that took home 5 Tony Awards has proven just how far Broadway has come when you look at Marsha Norman’s prior quote on the lack of female playwrights and composers on the Great White Way.

“What we really have to do is get into the control center — how the choices are made — and make it clear and obvious and happily accepted that the work of women is breathtaking and needs to be done… If you look at last year, all five Pulitzer finalists plus the winner [were] all women. And yet none of those plays had a Broadway production.”

Now, flash forward to 2015, thankfully a fabulous and impactful production is paving the way for women worldwide when it comes to female writers being presented in commercial theatre.

Unfortunately, Kron and Tesori’s acceptance speech was not aired last night on CBS, due to lack of time (however, it should have been). The good news is that you can watch the beautiful moment right here.”

Source: Bethany Heinrich, MOGUL Contributor

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