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Tony Awards 2017: Dear Evan Hansen dominates with six wins

Tony Awards 2017: Dear Evan Hansen dominates with six wins

Bette Midler became the Broadway queen of the night - picking up her Tony for Best Lead Actress in Musical Hello, Dolly! - but when the Tonys started messing with her in the middle of her speech, she was none too pleased. "Oslo", a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, was named best play.

The actress lauded Hellman for her "eerily prescient play". And while her comments could potentially have caused an awkward moment, fans in the audience seemed more delighted with her humor and frankness than anything else.

Australian producers Stuart Thompson (best play Sweat and best revival of a play Six Degrees of Separation) and duo Rodney Rigby and Sam Levy (best musical Come From Away) also missed out.

The show centers on high school senior Evan Hansen, who has a social anxiety disorder.

Platt thanked his cast mates, crew and family, calling his parents his heroes. "To all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody else", he said, "because the things that make you odd are the things that make you powerful".

"John won a Tony!". Nixon was one of the most politically outspoken winners, giving a shout-out to people who refuse to just stand by and watch when bad things happen in the world.

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The iconic EGOT honor is earned when any performer has won an Emmy, a GRAMMY, an Oscar and a Tony.

She replied: "Depends on who you ask, Kevin".

But the ultimate insider was first-time host Kevin Spacey, who danced, joked and sang his way through the telecast easily.

There were none of the technical or human accidents during the telecast - at least any non-Midler-related - that have marred previous awards shows, including the wrong victor announced at this year's Oscars and sound issues at the Grammys.

The show stars 23-year-old Ben Platt in a breakout performance.

And he didn't leave United States politics behind for the evening - the House of Cards star appeared on stage as his character Frank Underwood and impersonated former U.S. president Bill Clinton. The show featured stars, clad in their awards show finest, hurling barbs at President Trump. Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all".

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"Come From Away" is set in the remote East Coast town in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Christopher Ashley paid tribute to the people of Newfoundland as he accepted his Tony for best director of a musical for "Come From Away". He dedicated it to 9/11 first responders and all those who were generous on that awful day.

Spacey also poked fun at U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton during the ceremony.

"I'm coming out", he sang in a black and gold dress, before adding: "Wait, no, wait". "I still have you on there", Biden said, and quipped, "I probably ruined your reputation". After the hectic number, he requested that his cardiologist be nearby. He made his Broadway debut in 2012 in "Golden Boy" and also appeared off-Broadway in "Blood and Gifts".

Other winners included August Wilson's "Jitney," which collected the Tony for best play revival.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gavin Creel, "Hello, Dolly!"

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She gave a four-minute acceptance speech that forced organisers to play music over the top in an attempt to drive her off stage.


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