Dear Evan Hansen wins best musical at 2017 Tony Awards

Tony Awards 2017 updates: Kevin Spacey's opening is a hit; 'Dear Evan Hansen' gains momentum with multiple wins

"Dear Evan Hansen" took home six statuettes at Sunday night's Tony Awards, including best musical. Ben Platt broke everyone's hearts with his live performance of "Waving Through a Window" before going on to take Best Actor in a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen.

The acting mogul was thrilled to pick up her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! and celebrated with an extremely long speech.

She's now officially the greatest actress on Broadway this season as Bette Midler picked up the 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

The play also garnered an award for Michael Aronov, who received the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Kevin Kline, while accepting the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Present Laughter", pointedly thanked the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, "a couple of organizations without whom probably half of the people in this room would not be here".

Hello, Dolly! was named Best Revival of a Musical Sunday and also earned the accolade for Best Costume Design. 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.

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When it comes to Tony Award openings, Kevin Spacey had a pretty good number. Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all".

She gave a four-minute acceptance speech that forced organisers to play music over the top in an attempt to drive her off stage. Her work in the revival of "Hello, Dolly" has led to millions of dollars in pre-sale tickets (and therefore also no surprise it also banked the Best Revival of a Musical award).

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

A note to future awards shows that want to play Bette Midler off during an acceptance speech: don't try it. Appearing as his "House of Cards" character Frank Underwood, he wisecracked that he'd better leave, "before Bette Midler thanks anyone else". They embraced me to such a degree that I can only say, 'It's more than I deserve.' So, thank you.

Another new USA production, "Oslo", that was inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Norwegian husband and wife diplomats behind the 1993 Oslo Accords won best play. "Sex and the City" alumna Cynthia Nixon, who clearly enjoys returning to the theater, won featured actress for "The Little Foxes". "We hoped to write a show where people who were looking for a home would find one".

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