'Dear Evan Hansen' wins best musical at 2017 Tony Awards
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 13:52
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.
The big victor was a show about outsiders - "Dear Evan Hansen", which featured a lonely 17-year-old who gets caught in a web of lies. The story charts his acceptance into the young man's grieving family and the heartbreaking truths that emerge as the deception becomes more elaborate, sped along by social media.
The show's music and lyrics were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, better known as songwriting duo Pasek and Paul. It stars Ben Platt.
During the final moments of the awards show, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly came out on stage as their House of Cards characters to give Lin-Manuel Miranda the envelope to announce the Best Musical victor.
"Come From Away", the Canadian musical won just one: for best direction, by Christopher Ashley.
The Tony Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in NY. How about: His impression of Bill Clinton even caught the fancy of a former vice president in the audience - Joe Biden.
Another standout moment of the night was Stephen Colbert doing what he does best - finding a way to bash President Donald Trump. Spacey, as Clinton, joked about his wife's fake email accounts.
Kevin Kline won his third for his performance in the revival of "Present Laughter". An odds-on favorite to win the Tony for actor in a musical, Platt had plenty of time to prepare his speech. He dedicated it to 9/11 first responders and all those who were generous on that awful day.
"I'm Broadway bound", he sings before leading a line of high-kicking dancers in a top hat, a tuxedo and a cane. "I'm Broadway bound", he sang. After the hectic number, he requested that his cardiologist be nearby. His Frank Underwood from "House of Cards" makes a late appearance, and he and Patti LuPone close the show with a lovely duet of "The Curtain Falls" by Bobby Darin, a role he played onscreen. Later, he and Patti LuPone closed the show with a lovely duet of "The Curtain Falls" by Bobby Darin, a role he played onscreen.
Gavin Creel won best featured actor in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!", the revival that scored 10 nominations.
NO TECHNICAL SNAFUS: 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.
"My victories mean nothing unless I'm sharing them with you", the actor said.