"I didn’t realize that a career in music was available to women until 1981 [when] I saw the magnificent Linda Twine conduct Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, and that was my 'Ring of Keys' moment," said Tesori.
The Fun Home song “Ring of Keys,” in which young Alison recognizes a kindred spirit in an “old-school butch” delivery woman, was performed by Sydney Lucas at the 2015 Tony Awards ceremony.
"[It] is not a song of love,” continued Tesori. “It’s a song of identification because for girls you have to see it to be it."
Tesori also thanked her grandfather, a composer from Italy who had immigrated to the United States to fulfill his dream of working in music. "He died when my mother was five years old, working in a gas station," she said.
Tesori finished by dedicating the award to all of the "theatre children." "We miss your bedtimes and you nap during sound-check," she said. "My daughter Siena Rafter is the reason I am here. I’ve never wanted to be an actress but the role of mother is something that I cherish."
Kron also made an acceptance speech. "I can’t really believe I’m standing here because I have never written a musical before," she said.
"I am here for one reason and one reason only, and I am so proud to be standing here next to the magnificent Jeanine Tesori."
Fun Home was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2015.