'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Oslo' win big at Tony Awards _ so far

"Dear Evan Hansen", a heart-wrenching musical about teen angst, loneliness and suicide in the social media age, has taken top honors at the Tony awards.

NEW YORK - "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.

Laurie Metcalf for A Doll's House, Part 2 won the best actress in a leading role in a play Tony at Sunday's ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in NY.

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 by earning Tonys for best score for writing the songs for "Dear Evan Hansen".

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Michael Aronov, "Oslo".

Midler delighted the crowd at Radio City Music Hall by refusing to let the orchestra play her off, telling them to shut up as she continued her many thank-yous.

Cynthia Nixon, the American actress of "Sex and the City" TV fame who won best featured actress for "The Little Foxes", called the play about greed and ambition in 1900 Alabama was "eerily prescient".

Kline made a point of thanking the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, two organizations whose federal funding is threatened under President Donald Trump's administration.

The show's writer, Steven Levenson, won for best book of a musical, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestrations (after winning previous year for Hamilton.) And Rachel Bay Jones won her first Tony - featured actress - for her heartbreaking portrayal of a mother who struggles to understand and help her son, Evan, as he gets caught in a awful lie that he can not control. In an interview, he said he had enjoyed both Spacey and the ceremony, even though he hadn't had time to see this year's nominated shows yet.

Broadway enjoyed a record-breaking season this year thanks to last year's Tony victor and pop culture juggernaut "Hamilton", and musicals like "Sunset Boulevard", starring Glenn Close, and "Hello, Dolly!".

"Hello Dolly!" won four Tonys, including best musical revival. She won three Emmy Awards for her role as Jackie Harris on "Roseanne" and thanked her children. Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards".

"Oslo" won the best play award.

"My victories mean nothing unless I'm sharing them with you", the actor said.

  • Salvatore Jensen