Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Dancing host Kevin Spacey steals the show at Tony Awards


The surprise hit musical won a total of six Tonys, including best musical actor for 23 year-old newcomer Ben Platt in the title role, featured actress Rachel Bay Jones, as well as best book, score and orchestrations.

Gavin Creel won best featured actor in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!", the revival that scored 10 nominations.

Nixon was named best featured actress in a play for a revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes", about a greedy southern family's underhanded business practices.

First-time Tonys host Kevin Spacey kicked off the show with a medley of songs referencing his self-doubt about successfully hosting the annual awards show compared to past hosts Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden and Hugh Jackman.

Midler took the best actress trophy and - to the amusement and cheers of the audience - refused to be played off, forcing the swelling orchestra into silence. He was game enough to start the show gently mocking all four musical nominees and doing his best Glenn Close impersonation.

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Rebecca Taichman accepts the award for best direction of a play for "Indecent" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

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Spacey got advice from former Tony host Whoopi Goldberg (live) and Billy Crystal (taped.) The Rockettes arrived to dance with the cast of "Come From Away". "I'm Broadway bound", he sang.

The year after "Hamilton" took many prizes, Spacey jokingly pointed out that the subjects on Broadway this season included infidelity, suicide, greed, 9/11 and economic upheaval. It was worthy of the standing ovation that it received from his peers that were gathered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Then Spacey, returning to the stage as House Of Cards character Frank Underwood, told his on-screen wife Robin Wright that they should go. Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all", he said.

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