Stephen Colbert slyly slams Trump in Tony Awards bit

The multi-award winning actress, who claimed her second Tony Award last night for best actress in a musical ("Hello, Dolly!"), took to the stage in a rambling speech that showed in no uncertain terms that with experience comes pure, unadulterated confidence.

Josh Groban and the cast of "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" perform at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

Bette Midler proved why she's the undisputed Queen of Sass with her award acceptance speech at the Tony Awards.

"Dear Evan Hansen" was the big victor of the Tony Awards Sunday and a Syracuse University alumna got to accept a top award. The Tony Awards always seem to attract stars from TV, films and music - and, of course, plenty of stage stars.

Fashion and Broadway remain one happy marriage, if Sunday night's Tony Awards red carpet is any indication.

Christopher Ashley won for best director of a musical on a night that was mostly dominated by "Dear Evan Hansen". Oslo, a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, was named best play. He also loved the current revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes - but with Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternating the two female leads of Regina and Birdie, Vogue's global editor-at-large feels as though he's only half-completed that experience.

Rebecca Taichman accepts the award for best direction of a play for "Indecent" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

The telecast opened on a mournful host dressed like the title character in Dear Evan Hansen-complete with arm cast-before he soon showed up in a bed to mock Groundhog Day: The Musical with an assist with Stephen Colbert, and then donned a fake beard as if he was in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Kevin Kline accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for "Present Laughter" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. Kevin Spacey (and his various impressions) weren't the emcees of those creative arts awards, though. Instead, he donned a tux and presented the award for best revival - but spent most of his time opining on political theater instead.

So did actress Rachel Bay Jones, who plays Evan Hansen's mother. Watch Midler's speech and play-off dodge, below.

  • Salvatore Jensen