Sunday, June 11, 2017|8:44 p.m.
New York City– “Dear Evan Hansen,” the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has actually won the most significant theater appeal contest– winning the very best new musical prize at the Tony Awards in addition to 5 other statuettes, including finest score, book and leading star honors for Ben Platt.
The program entered into the night as the second-leading Tony nominee however ended up on top, with a revival of “Hi, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler next with 4 Tonys. “Oslo,” a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, was called finest play.
Midler took the very best starlet prize and– to the amusement and cheers of the audience– chose not to be played off, requiring the swelling orchestra into silence. “This has the ability to lift your spirits in these horrible, horrible times,” she said of her show.
“Dear Evan Hansen” entered the night behind “Natasha, Pierre & & The Great Comet of 1812” with 12 elections, but that musical which dramatizes a 70-page slice of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” stalled after winning simply two technical awards previously, for finest set and lighting.
Rather, the night came from “Dear Evan Hansen,” a show that centers on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who makes a prior relationship with a classmate who has actually simply dedicated suicide.
Platt thanked his cast mates, team and household, calling his parents his heroes. He had this inspiring message to young people out there: “The important things that make you weird are the important things that make you powerful.”
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who just recently won Oscars for the tune “City of Stars” from the motion picture “La La Land,” contributed to an amazing year by earning Tonys for best score for composing the tunes for “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Minutes later on, the show’s story writer, Steven Levenson, won the Tony for best book, and Alex Lacamoire made one for finest orchestations. Rachel Bay Jones won her very first Tony for her operate in the musical, capping a long career onstage with lots of zigs and zags.
Cynthia Nixon won her second Tony, this time for her operate in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes.” Nixon, the “Sex and the City” star, struck a bold political tone, saluting those who choose not to loaf and view bad things occur on the planet.
Kevin Kline won his 3rd Tony Award playing an egomaniacal matinee idol in the midst of personal chaos in the play “Present Laughter.” He thanked, to name a few, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Liberal arts. Andy Blankenbuehler won his second choreography Tony in as several years– in 2015 for “Hamilton” and this time for “Bandstand.”
Laurie Metcalf won her very first Tony, winning finest starlet honors in “A Doll’s Home, Part 2.” She won 3 Emmy Awards for her role as Jackie Harris on “Roseanne” and thanked her kids. Rebecca Taichman won best directing play honors for “Indecent.”
“Am I dreaming? Is this some sort of crazy dream?” she asked.
Kevin Spacey kicked off his first-ever Tony Award hosting gig with grace and self-deprecating wit, dancing, singing and joking his way through an opening number that connected all 4 best new musical nominees and doing his finest Glenn Close impersonation.
Spacey, who was named Tony host after a number of other celebrities rejected the job, laughed at himself in the 10-minute opening tune, in which he gradually grew comfortable with hosting duties regardless of what he fears will be nasty tweets crashing down.
The telecast opened on a mournful host dressed like the title character in “Dear Evan Hansen”– complete with arm cast– prior to he soon appeared in a bed to mock “Groundhog Day The Musical” with an assist with Stephen Colbert, and after that donning a phony beard as if he was in “Natasha, Pierre & & The Great Comet of 1812.” He went on to do impersonations of former President Costs Clinton and Johnny Carson.
The show’s funny had zings for Democrats and Republican politicians alike, with Colbert buffooning President Donald Trump as if he were a show from Washington with bad hair and makeup that will be “closing early” due to bad reviews. Spacey, as Clinton, joked about his spouse’s fake e-mail accounts.
In an effort to shock the program, manufacturers asked the Rockettes back on a Tony phase after 13 years and asked all 4 playwrights nominated for finest play Tonys appear to provide their works.
The Rockettes had their own number and got to dance with the cast of “Originate from Away,” a feel-good Canadian musical set versus the scary of 9/11. It made Christopher Ashley the Tony for best direction of a musical. He dedicated it to 9/11 very first responders and all those who were generous on that dreadful day.
Spacey even had fun with reports about his sexual preference while singing the Andrew Lloyd Webber tune “As If We Never ever Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard.” Spacey, dressed as Close, sang “I’m coming out …” and then stopped briefly, tantalizingly. “Of makeup …”
Then Spacey led a line of high-kicking, tap dancers in a top hat, a white tie, tuxedo and a walking stick. “I’m Broadway bound,” he sang. “Your next host is found.” After the chaotic number, he requested that his cardiologist be nearby.
The year after “Hamilton” took many rewards, Spacey jokingly pointed out that the subjects on Broadway this season consisted of infidelity, suicide, greed, 9/11 and economic upheaval. His Frank Underwood from “Home of Cards” made a late appearance, stepping onto the phase with his TV spouse played by Robin Wright. Later, he and Patti LuPone closed the program with a lovely duet of “The Curtain Falls” by Bobby Darin, a role he played onscreen.
Other winners included August Wilson’s “Jitney,” which repelled with the Tony for finest play revival. Gavin Creel won his first Tony for highlighted actor in a musical in “Hi, Dolly!”
There were no technical or human snafus– other than Midler’s lengthened speech– that ruined previous awards shows this year, consisting of the wrong winner revealed at the Oscars and sound problems at the Grammys. Spacey discussed the show’s accounting professionals and stated: “You people do not have to fret about them tonight, at all,” he stated.