Bette Midler Outlasts Playoff Music During Tony Awards Acceptance Speech!

"My brother, the Tony victor!" "(And the fam watching with so much pride!)", he wrote.

People flipping to the Tony Awards on Sunday could be excused if they thought they had tuned in to a rerun - or at least a revival.

The brunette beauty hit the red carpet with her actor fiance Jason Sudeikis, who wore a simple black tuxedo.

Platt held back tears as he accepted the award on Sunday, calling the moment "insane" before thanking his family. He had this inspiring message to young people out there: "The things that make you odd are the things that make you powerful".

Throughout the number, Spacey was paid visits by the ghosts of several Tony Awards hosts past, including Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal.

Ben Platt, who plays the title character - and became Broadway's biggest sensation this season - won the Tony for best actor in a musical.

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.

She got more political afterward, in statements to the media.

Talent oozed from the stage of Radio City Music Hall (even though the Rockettes didn't need to have such a prominent spot); "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's" Rachel Bloom was a delight as a backstage reporter. Oslo performer Michael Aronov won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play, while Gavin Creel of Hello, Dolly! won best featured actor in a musical.

"Shut that crap off!" she said, silencing the music and continuing her speech as the audience applauded and cheered loudly.

Broadway folks ought to take a cue from Bette Midler.

"This has the ability to lift your spirits in these bad, awful times", she said of her show.

'When we were kids, we dreamed of having a home and a place where we could belong, and theatre and cast albums were that thing for us, ' they said. "Don't change. The things that make you odd are the things that make you powerful".

Broadway royalty will do as they wish.

As widely predicted, Bette Midler won her first competitive Tony as best actress in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!".

  • Salvatore Jensen