Tesori and Kron's honors, considered "Creative Awards," were presented during commercial breaks of the live telecast from Radio City Music Hall. With Tesori and Kron favorited to win, an online petition was started prior to Tony Awards urging telecast producers to broadcast the Best Book and Best Score categories on CBS.
The petition asked, "When girls across the country turn on the Tony Awards, what do you want them to see? We want them to see that women can write musicals, and we think an important step in achieving this is that the Tony Awards broadcast the categories of Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical this year."
In the end, only snippets of Tesori and Kron's historic speeches hit the air.
During her acceptance speech, Tesori told the crowd that as a young woman she didn't realize she could have a career in music until she saw a woman conduct on Broadway. Holding up her Tony, she said, "For girls, you have to see it to be it. We stand on the shoulders of other women who have come before us."
Below, Kron and Tesori win for Best Score:
Kron wins for Best Book of a Musical: