Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Dear Evan Hansen' And 'Hello, Dolly!' Reign At The 2017 Tony Awards

'Dear Evan Hansen' And 'Hello, Dolly!' Reign At The 2017 Tony Awards

An intimate, heart-wrenching musical about loneliness, teen angst and suicide in the age of hyperconnectivity capped its unlikely journey to Broadway smash by winning top honors at the Tonys. I am different than some people would like me to be. "Now if someone will please find my cardiologist".

Spacey, who was named Tony host after several other celebrities turned down the job, laughed at himself in the 10-minute opening song, in which he gradually grew comfortable with hosting duties despite what he fears will be nasty tweets crashing down.

He went on to make light of rumours about his own sexuality by dressing as Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond. Spacey, dressed as Close, sang "I'm coming out." and then paused, tantalizingly.

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

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Platt, in his acceptance speech, addressed young people who might be suffering some of the social anxiety faced by his character, high school senior Evan Hansen.

He addressed the musical's star, saying: "Ben Platt was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People". "I still have you on there", Biden said, and quipped, "I probably ruined your reputation".

"Now, between you and me, you might be a better singer". Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all", he said.

While in character, he also joked about recent United States election result: "We've already had some surprising winners haven't we?"

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It entered these awards with nine nominations and claimed six, also including Best Musical, Best Featured Actress (Rachel Bay Jones) Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Orchestrations. The show's writer, Steven Levenson, won for best book of a musical, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestrations (after winning past year for "Hamilton.") And Rachel Bay Jones won her first Tony - featured actress - for her heartbreaking portrayal of a mother who struggles to understand and help her son, Evan, as he gets caught in a awful lie that he can not control.

Bette Midler took the equivalent award for actresses for her role in Hello, Dolly!

The producers made an attempt to cut her lengthy speech off by drowning her out with music.

"Shut that crap off!" the veteran comedienne snapped at one point when the orchestra tried to play her off the stage.

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As widely predicted, Bette Midler won her first competitive Tony as best actress in a musical for Hello, Dolly!. 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.

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