Whether you're a Broadway aficionado or not, you may appreciate how Bette Midler handled herself on stage at last night's (June 11) 2017 Tony Awards, during her acceptance speech for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, based on her role in Hello, Dolly.
The show's breakout star, Ben Platt, won the award for best leading actor in a musical for his portrayal of the title character. In addition to Bette's win, the musical also nabbed the Tonys for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical to Gavin Creel, and Best Costume Design of a Musical to Santo Loquasto.
Michael Aronov, who features as Israeli negotiator Uri Savir in "Oslo", was a surprise victor in the featured actor category for his kinetic performance in the behind-the-scenes dramatization of the 1993 Middle East peace accords.
"Come From Away", about Canadians from Newfoundland who provided refuge to almost 7,000 airline passengers on September 11, 2001 when United States air space closed, also won one Tony for best direction of a musical.
Heading into Sunday's awards, "Come From Away" was up for seven Tonys, including best musical.
Kevin Spacey stole the show as he hosted the Tony Awards for the first time, performing an elaborate opening medley that poked fun at rumours about his sexuality.
While accepting a Tony for his work in "Present Laughter", Kevin Kline thanked the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, two organizations under fire in Mr. Trump's proposed budget. Nixon, the Sex and the City star, struck a defiant political tone, saluting those who refuse to stand around and watch bad things happen in the world.
This marked the first year since 2008 that no person of color won in any of the eight acting categories. "I give this up to you".
"I can't believe how many people do that eight times a week", a breathless Spacey said afterwards. The 2017 Tony Award nominee slipped into his Hello, Dolly! altar ego, Horace Vandergelder, to perform "Penny In My Pocket".
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Pasek said the duo both interned for "Avenue Q" composer Jeff Marx at one point. Midler said to a standing ovation.