Tony winners: Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! sweep

Tony winners: Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! sweep

Tony winners: Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! sweep

Though Evan attempts to tell them the truth - that the letter addressed to Evan they found on Connor's body was written by Evan to Evan at the suggestion of his therapist - he's quickly muffled by the comfort the Murphy family finds in his presence.

Michael Aranov accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for "Oslo" at the 71st Tony Awards in New York June 11, 2017.

The iconic lines didn't stop there either, as Midler ended her (lengthy) press room appearance afterwards with the iconic line: "Bette Midler for president!"

Bette continued her thanks before demanding as the music got louder and louder, "Shut that crap off!" And on. When the music rose to play her off, she made a crude comment and ignored it.

"Oslo", a J.T. Rogers play in which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators struggle to hammer out a peace deal, received rave reviews for turning a complicated history into an entertaining three hours. (In a new touch, all four playwrights personally introduced their work). The melody came from the night's big victor "Dear Evan Hansen", the musical about adolescent angst, the aftermath of suicide and power of social media captured the imagination of Tony voters.

"Come From Away", about Canadians from Newfoundland who provided refuge to almost 7,000 airline passengers on September 11, 2001 when USA air space closed, also won one Tony for best direction of a musical.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the most nominated show of the season, won just two awards, for set and lighting design.
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His opening performance started with a parody of a song from hit musical Dear Evan Hansen. And Boca Raton native Rachel Bay Jones won her first Tony for best featured actress in "Dear Evan Hansen", which won six awards.

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

On Sunday, it was the Tonys' turn to show they still had an ax to grind against a president who once planned to gut the National Endowment for the Arts.

"My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it", she added to applause. "I'm not even talking about the Tony Awards". And in choreography, Andy Blankenbuehler joined his "Hamilton" colleague Lacamoire with a repeat win this year, this time for "Bandstand".

Stephen Colbert was on hand to present the trophy for revival of a musical.

Spacey also poked fun at USA presidential candidate Hilary Clinton during the ceremony.

We mean, do you not know who you're dealing with?

Some of his most successful bits, judging by audience reaction, were his much-lauded impressions.

"I was really, really poor and she showed me there's another way, another way of life, and it was marvelous", Midler said.

"A couple of problems: main character is totally unbelievable and the hair and make-up - yeesh, no", the host of The Late Show said. Midler said to a standing ovation.

"Now, between you and me, you might be a better singer".

At the party, nominees, celebrities and other guests wandered through the hotel's food stalls, munching on everything from filet mignon to avocado gazpacho to lobster rolls to chocolate macaroons.

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