Tony Awards: Kelli O’Hara Finally Wins and Dances The Worm

Tony Awards: Kelli O’Hara Finally Wins and Dances The Worm

Getting a nomination for any award in movies, music or theater is impressive. When you continue to get nominated and yet don’t actually win, it can seem like a cruel joke to both the audience and at times, the nominee. For American stage actress Kelli O’Hara, who has been nominated six times over the past ten years, the 69th Tony Awards on Sunday saw her streak come to an end – with a win!

Kelli ohara wins a Tony Sunday in New York

Actress Kelli O’Hara accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for “The King and I” onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

O’Hara who has been previously nominated for The Light in the Piazza (2005), the Pajama Game (2006), South Pacific (2008), Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012) and The Bridges of Madison County (2014), took home the trophy for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical this year for, The King and I (2015). She beat out Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century), Leanne Cope (An American in Paris), Beth Malone (Fun Home) and Chita Rivera (The Visit).

kelli ohara in king and i play on braodway

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe perform with the cast of the King and I onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

This is the first Tony for Kelli and her sixth nomination. The singer/songwriter/actress plays the English school teacher, in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 musical “The King and I”.

She also gets our award for most passionate winners speech and unusual dance. Which she called the worm.

Kelli O’Hara Does A Victory Dance At 69th Tony Awards

Check out all the nights winners at this years 69th Tony Awards below.

69th Tony Award Winners (Full List):

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play – Helen Mirren, The Audience

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play – Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Kelli O’Hara, The King and I

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I

Best Musical – Fun Home

Best Revival of a Musical – The King and I

Best Play – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Revival of a Play – Skylight

Best Direction of a Musical – Sam Gold, Fun Home

Best Direction of a Play – Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play – Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Richard McCabe, The Audience

Best Choreography – Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Original Score Written for the Theater – Fun Home, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron

Best Book of a Musical – Fun Home, Lisa Kron

Best Lighting Design of a Play – Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Costume Design of a Play – Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Costume Design of a Musical – Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best Orchestrations – Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris

Best Scenic Design of a Play – Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris

Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Natasha Katz, An American in Paris

Winners List Source: http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/winners.html

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