5 takeaways from the Tonys, including leave Bette alone

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently won Oscars for the song "City of Stars" from the movie "La La Land", added to a remarkable year with Tony Awards for best score for writing "Dear Evan Hansen".

FILE - In this June 7, 2015 file photo, the cast of "Jersey Boys" performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in NY.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Cynthia Nixon, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes".

Midler took the stage and held court for nearly five minutes, giving her acceptance speech over two separate playoff numbers, finally yelling "Shut that crap off!"

"There are people who eat the Earth and all the people on it and there are all the people who just stand around and watch them do it", she said.

The top prizes for leading actor and actress in a play went to Present Laughter actor Kevin Kline and A Doll's House, Part 2's Laurie Metcalf, who beat Cate Blanchett. She said the play, the story of a rapacious and morally bankrupt family trying to get rich, is "eerily prescient". Spacey, as Clinton, joked about his wife's fake email accounts.

In a surprise as Michael Aronov won a best featured actor in a play award for his work as an Israeli negotiator in "Oslo" over the heavily favored Danny DeVito ("The Price").

It will likely to be a suspenseful awards show, however, as critics point to a close race between "Come From Away" and "Dear Evan Hansen", a musical in which a high school student with a social anxiety disorder struggles following a classmate's death.

The play is set in Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

"Dear Evan Hansen" finished with six out of its nine nominations, including best musical. "I hope I don't cry", she said, dressed in a sparkly silver number with flow-y mermaid sleeves. But the biggest laughs were reserved for Colbert, who skewered Trump while presenting the award for best musical revival. Andy Blankenbuehler won his second choreography Tony in as many years - last year for "Hamilton" and this time for "Bandstand". It earned Christopher Ashley the Tony for best direction of a musical.

"Oslo" playwright Rogers, making his Broadway debut, thanked "The ladies and gentlemen who believed in democracy, who believed in peace, who believed in seeing their enemies as humans, I give this up to you".

Soon after, cast members from "Come From Away" went onstage linked arm-in-arm with members of the Rockettes and performed a snippet of "Welcome to the Rock" from the hit musical. They embraced me to such a degree that I can only say, 'It's more than I deserve.' So, thank you. Jones, 86, whose Broadway résumé includes "Fences", "The Gin Game" and "Master Harold and the Boys", thanked NY cops during his acceptance speech.

  • Zachary Reyes