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

Ben PlattBen Platt took to the Tony Awards stage to represent the critically acclaimed, Dear Evan Hansen.

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. And he reminded the young people at home not to "waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself because the things that make you unusual are the things that make you powerful".

Bette Midler praised the Broadway community after she won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award Sunday night for her performance in the revival of Hello, Dolly! This year, the lineup featured Josh Groban, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Kline, Bette Midler, Orlando Bloom, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, Sara Bareilles, Tommy Tune, Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Kendrick, among others.

"It's a very tough schedule", Midler, 71, said backstage, noting she is "a woman of a certain age".

"The entire night last night we were thinking about the parties that they were having out in Gander and we knew Chris was thinking exactly the same thing", Hein said in a phone interview alongside Sankoff on Monday. Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards".

"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).

Britons were awarded with some of the smaller prizes on the night with Nigel Hook winning best scenic designer and Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin winning a special award for sound design.

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" had 12 nominations, which was more than any other Broadway production.

Dressed as her husband Bill, Spacey referenced the plot of Dear Evan Hansen, which sees the teenager write fake emails to integrate himself into the family of a classmate who dies by suicide.

Midler, who won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!

The acidly amusing Kevin Kline was named best leading actor in a play for his performance in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, while Laurie Metcalf won best leading actress for her darkly comic work in A Doll's House Part 2.

Indecent director Rebecca Taichman won for play directing, and veteran actor James Earl Jones was presented with a lifetime achievement award.

She expressed her appreciation for "all the people who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it". Danny DeVito didn't get any award.

Best revival of a musical - Hello, Dolly! Andy Blankenbuehler won his second choreography Tony in as many years - last year for Hamilton and this time for Bandstand. Stephen Colbert, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal (via video) also helped the host on stage. They tell stories through many art forms: spoken words, song, acting and dance.



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