The stars come out at the Tony Awards

Moments later, the show's story writer, Steven Levenson, won the Tony for best book, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestations.

The wonderful Bette Midler capped off the Broadway awards season on Sunday night by taking Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Hello, Dolly!

Bette Midler stole the show at last night's Tony Awards in NY, where she won the "Best Actress in a Musical" prize for her role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.

It has a passionate following and is triggering cheers whenever it is mentioned in Radio City Music Hall.Cynthia Nixon won her second Tony, this time for her work in Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes".

The awards for leading actor and actress in a play went to Present Laughter star Kevin Kline, and, from A Doll's House, Part 2, Laurie Metcalf, who beat Cate Blanchett.

Heading into Sunday's awards, "Come From Away" was up for seven Tonys, including best musical.

Bette Midler took the equivalent award for actresses for her role in Hello, Dolly!

Ben Platt won for his lead performance in the show, beating back a stiff challenge from Broadway veteran Andy Karl, who was up for his role as misanthropic weatherman Phil Connors in "Groundhog Day".

Hello, Dolly! won four Tonys, including best musical revival.

Bette Midler shut down the orchestra to finish her acceptance speech during the 2017 Tony Awards.

Some six million Americans watched the Tony Awards on television on Sunday, down sharply from last year's televised ceremony when pop culture juggernaut "Hamilton" dominated the show.

The competition was fierce in the category, where the nominees included Patti LuPone for "War Paint", Denée Benton for "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812", Christine Ebersole for "War Paint" and Eva Noblezada for "Miss Saigon". "Hamilton" - God bless, great show; it reinvigorated everything - but there isn't that feeling that the season is owned by one show", she said. He did impressions of Johnny Carson to Bill Clinton. His Clinton joked about food and his wife's email problems, while his fictional one — accompanied by fictional wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) — admitted he wanted to leave before Midler started to thank anyone else.

The Late Show host presented the award for Best Revival and quickly went on to talk about the "revival down in Washington, D.C".

This is Ashley's first Tony win following previous nominations for "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Memphis". Spacey, dressed as Close, sang "I'm coming out..." and then paused, tantalizingly.

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.

  • Salvatore Jensen