'Dear Evan Hansen,' Bette Midler, 'Oslo' win big at Broadway's Tony Awards

"Come From Away" director Christopher Ashley says he would love to hear from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his Newfoundland-set musical's win at the Tony Awards ceremony in NY on Sunday night.

The surprise hit musical won a total of six Tonys, including best musical actor for 23 year-old newcomer Ben Platt in the title role, featured actress Rachel Bay Jones, as well as best book, score and orchestrations.

United Kingdom star Cynthia Erivo, who won the Tony for best performance by a lead actress a year ago, returned to present an award alongside John Legend. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is a musical based on the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, best known to many as the face on the United States $10 bill. "This thing has the ability to lift your spirits in these bad times", she continued.

"Oslo", J.T. Rogers' play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, was named Best New Play at the Tony Awards.

Hello, Dolly! took four awards at the 2017 Tony Awards.

The gong was Midler's first Tony in a competitive category and comes half a century after the famed, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter made her Broadway debut. They embraced me to such a degree that I can only say, 'It's more than I deserve.' So, thank you.

This year's Tony Awards was hosted by "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey. Last year, all eyes were on how many statuettes "Hamilton" would capture.

Nobody tries to get Bette Midler offstage before she's ready! He was also nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Musical.

The show will feature will be musical numbers from nine new and revival musicals, "Bandstand", "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen", "Falsettos", "Groundhog Day The Musical", "Hello, Dolly!". It earned Christopher Ashley the Tony for best direction of a musical. He also played with speculation about his sexual orientation as he sang the Andrew Lloyd Webber song As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard. "Miss Saigon", "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" and "War Paint".

  • Salvatore Jensen