Playbill Poll: What Was Your Favorite Moment of the 2015 Tony Awards?

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Following the 69th Annual Tony Awards, asked readers to share their favorite moments from the CBS broadcast of Broadway's biggest night, which was held June 7 at Radio City Music Hall.

Sydney Lucas Singing 'Ring of Keys'

Gillian Gurganus: Sydney Lucas singing Ring of Keys- hands down.

Eric Michaud: Ring of Keys by far. PBS needs to get on it and film Fun Home for Great Performances

Lori Mazey: Sydney Lucas giving a master class. By far the most amazing number of the evening. Her honesty and commitment made me weep.

Lilliana Smith: Sydney singing Ring of Keys. She captivated you in ways I didn't think was possible without being in the theatre during a live performance. I've watched the Tonys every year that I can remember (I'm currently sixteen years old) and I had never been brought to tears by a Tony performance before she sung. Absolutely astonishing. Hunter Emmett: Burke Sydney Lucas singing Ring of Keys hands down. Seeing such a talented young performer singing such an emotional and powerful song on national television, what could be better?

Laura Bernard Damone: Ring of Keys absolutely amazing and I wept! Sydney Lucas what a voice!

Fun Home took home the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical on June 7, and although one of the show's stars and the evening's youngest nominee, Sydney Lucas, did not win the Best Featured Actress prize, her performance was a highlight for many. Lucas sang one of the signature songs from the show, "Ring of Keys," in which young Alison recognizes a kindred spirit in an “old-school butch” delivery woman. "[It] is not a song of love," said composer Jeanine Tesori in her Tony acceptance speech. "It's a song of identification because for girls you have to see it to be it." Read about Tesori's very own "Ring of Keys" moment, when she discovered a career in music was a possibility, not just a dream.

Kelli O'Hara Wins the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Theresa Meskis Alfieri: Kelli O'Hara earns a very well deserved Tony!

Tom Zurla: Kelli O'Hara FINALLY getting her due!!!! smile emoticon

Peter Ohsiek: Kelli O'Hara dancing off the stage after winning her Tony.

Hannah Finch: Mak Kelli's glory moment! From her hearing her name, and her fellow nominees cheering, and the crowd giving her a standing ovation, to her wonderful and hilarious speech!!! Nathan Robert Hinds: Kelli's speech. She's so talented and beautifully humble.

Alyssa Jaffe Kelli: O'Hara FINALLY winning a very well deserved Tony...and promising to do the worm and tap dancing off!

Kikau Alvaro: Kelli's speech was my absolute favorite moment! She is so awesome!

Kelli O'Hara ended her streak as a six-time Tony nominee, earning the coveted prize for her performance as Anna Leonowens in The King and I. O'Hara gave an acceptance speech capped by a promise that she would do "The Worm." Instead, however, she exited the Radio City Music Hall stage vaudeville style, doing a buck-and-wing in towering high heels. Watch O'Hara delivering her promise of "The Worm," published on her twitter account later in the evening.

Alex Sharp's Tony Acceptance Speech

Chris Baldock: Alex Sharp's shout out to people who are different and misunderstood during his acceptance speech. Just beautiful, appropriate and obviously heartfelt.

Randy Roe: Curious Incident's Tony wins esp Alex Sharp & Best Play

Simon Stephens' The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time took home the most Tony Awards of any play, winning a total of five including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play and Best Performance by an Actor. Alex Sharp, a recent Juilliard graduate, gave a heartfelt speech upon accepting the prize for his Broadway debut. Read's interview with Sharp here.

Musical Performance from It Shoulda Been You

Valerie Godowsky: Definitely a favorite was the amazing Lisa Howard and the cast of It Shoulda Been You killing it!!

Stanley Levine: Lisa Howard and Tyne Daly in It Shoulda Been You. It's an amazing musical comedy.

Karen Hart: Lisa Howard...The End. She brought the house down

Todd Tucker: C'mon people... Lisa Howard stole the show belting "Jenny's Blues" from IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU!

Tony winner Tyne Daly and Lisa Howard performed "Jenny's Blues" from the new Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You. The comedy, featuring a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, follows the chaotic events leading up to a wedding bound for disaster. Read's Diva Talk feature with Daly, where she opens up about the role and her love of the show.

Ruthie Ann Miles' Tony Acceptance Speech

Tim Cruz: Ruthie Ann Miles winning best supporting actress in a musical for The King and I

Ruthie Ann Miles, starring in The King and I as head wife Lady Thiang, gave an emotional acceptance speech. Moments later in the press room, she opened up to about her hopes for the future, including more roles for Asian actors onstage; Miles is the second actress of Asian descent to win a Tony Award. Read the full interview here.

The Ensemble of Something Rotten!

Tom Zurla: The company of Something Rotten! and their "nods" to other musicals...very clever and entertaining!

Anthony Nufrio Jr.: Something Rotten! song ,comedy, and dance number with superb costumes,

Isabelle Healey Walters: The opening number by the cast of Something Rotten!

Audrey Montague: Something Rotten's AMAZING performance!

Mitchell E Roberts: Something Rotten! Hilarious

The cast of the multi-Tony-nominated show Something Rotten! performed one of the musical numbers from the show, "A Musical." The new musical, which plays the St. James Theatre, picked up a Tony for actor Christian Borle, who won for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

The Performance from The King and I

A.j. Boyd: The King and I performance love it!!

Jorge A. Marchant Lazcano: "Shall We Dance" with Kelli O'Hara and the King of Siam.

Cindy Merryman: Kelly O'Hara with the children and dancing with the King from The King & I!

The cast of The King and I, which took home the Tony Award for Best Revival, performed "Shall We Dance," "Something Wonderful" and "Getting to Know You" from the Broadway musical. The lavish show, which began previews in March, was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning a total of four. Read's Woman's World interview with the leading ladies of the acclaimed musical.

Kristin Chenoweth in an ET Costume

Max Hechtman: Kristin's ET costume!

Ben Chiappone: Kristin in the et costume

Pint-sized Tony winner and co-host for the evening Kristin Chenoweth emerged in numerous comedic outfits throughout the night; however, a crowd favorite was her ET moment. Chenoweth appeared as the alien from Steven Spielberg's famous film, making a Fun Home inspired joke, "Phone Home." 

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