Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

'Dear Evan Hansen' big victor at 2017 Tony Awards

Last night, Bette Midler won her first-ever competitive Tony, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical in "Hello, Dolly!".

"Dear Evan Hansen", starring 23-year-old Ben Platt in a breakout - and knockout - performance, took six awards Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall, including best musical and best actor for Platt.

The acting mogul was thrilled to pick up her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! and celebrated with an extremely long speech.

The awards for leading actor and actress in a play went to Present Laughter star Kevin Kline, and, from A Doll's House, Part 2, Laurie Metcalf, who beat Cate Blanchett.

During the 11-minute opening number, he donned tap shoes and numerous costumes as he parodied the Broadway shows nominated for awards on Sunday night.

"Come From Away" headed into the Tonys with seven nominations, including a nod for best musical.

Unlike the Oscars from this past year, the only drama we saw at the Tony Awards was on the stage during the actual performances from some of Broadway's best last night. But the problem was also Kevin Spacey.

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Scarlett Johansson stuns in a 1980s-inspired, striped blazer and matching skirt at the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

When the orchestra began to play her off as she spoke on stage she told them: "Shut that crap off".

It was no secret that Kevin Spacey had not been the first choice to host this year's Tony Awards.

Midler previously received a Special Tony Award for Adding Lustre to the Broadway Season in 1974.

Another new U.S. production, "Oslo", that was inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Norwegian husband and wife diplomats behind the 1993 Oslo Accords won best play.

He also appeared in character as House of Cards' Frank Underwood, with his on-screen wife Robin Wright beside him. Some non-white nominees, like set designer Mimi Lien and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, won trophies, and the cast of "Jitney" - mostly African-American - helped it win the revival Tony. Instead, he donned a tux and presented the award for best revival - but spent most of his time opining on political theater instead.

The singer, who shimmered in a silver sequined gown, called the show "one of the greatest professional experiences of my entire life" and gave thanks to make-up artist for making her "look 30 years younger".

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