What you missed from this weekend's Tony Awards

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

No clear favorite this year meant more excitement, and the race for the top prize of "Best Musical" was too close to call going at last night's Tony Awards.

"Dear Evan Hansen" took home Best Musical, as well as Best Book Of A Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography.

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! Actor Michael Aronov won the Tony for best actor in a featured role in the play.

Manhattan Theater Club had a great night: its winter production of August Wilson's Jitney was named best revival of a play, while Cynthia Nixon, star of its current revival of The Little Foxes, won the award for featured actress in a play.

Laurie Metcalf accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for "A Doll's House, Part 2" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. And best director of a musical went to Christopher Ashley of "Come From Away", the crowd-pleasing show about the people of Gander, Newfoundland, who sheltered thousands of stranded airline passengers on September 11.

Finally, of course, there were the special awards.

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Bette Midler's acceptance speech at Sunday's Tony Awards has gone viral after the acting legend refused to leave the stage until her four minute delivery was over.

Host Kevin Spacey's opening medley "I'm Broadway bound" featured music from the nominated shows with lyrics altered to fit his persona. He singled out Ben Platt, who played the role of Evan Hansen in the Broadway musical "Dear Evan Hansen".

Spacey, who spent much of the show joking about not being the first choice for the job, got mixed reviews.

Bette Midler, a victor for Hello, Dolly!

Tonys host Kevin Spacey kicked off the telecast with a comedic medley of the best musical nominees - including "Come From Away". But he ended with a dig at the planned budget cuts coming out of Washington, D.C., stating, "And, I would like to thank a couple of organizations, without whom, probably half of the people in this room would not be here".

Host Kevin Spacey managed to portray two US leaders in one telecast - former president Bill Clinton and Frank Underwood, the fictional president he plays on Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards".

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