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"Dear Evan Hansen" Came Out On Top At The Tonys

"Dear Evan Hansen", the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest - winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book and top actor honors for Ben Platt.

Duking it out in the drama category are "A Doll's House, Part 2" (with eight nominations, including those for all four of its stars) and "Oslo" (with seven noms).

Musical "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" leads the Tonys contenders with 12 nods.

Those watching will see musical numbers from nine new and revival musicals, including "Bandstand", "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen", "Falsettos", "Groundhog Day The Musical", "Hello, Dolly!", "Miss Saigon", "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812", and "War Paint".

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"Come From Away" took home one Tony Award on Sunday but the night belonged to "Dear Evan Hansen".

Kevin Kline picked up his third Tony Award for his portrayal of a preening actor in a revival of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter". That left Evan Hansen supporters momentarily nervous because only three other times this century had the victor of this prize not also gone on to win best musical or revival of a musical.

While most awards shows' commercial bumpers aren't much of an event, the Tonys made them one of the most entertaining parts of the night by recruiting Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom to hang out backstage, goof around with all of the performers and rock a series of increasingly small hats for the occasion.

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Colbert's remarks were among the few political asides during the awards show. He also comically wore an arm cast (a nod to the title character in Dear Evan Hansen).

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

Cynthia Nixon had a message for the audience as well, citing the words of playwright Lillian Hellman. He also played with speculation about his sexual orientation as he sang the Andrew Lloyd Webber song "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from "Sunset Boulevard". After the hectic number, he requested that his cardiologist be nearby. 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. Gavin Creel won his first Tony for featured actor in a musical in "Hello, Dolly!". "I feel a little uncomfortable giving you advice because they did ask me".

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