What you missed from this weekend's Tony Awards

The musical also won the most prestigious award of the night, Best Musical. It wound up winning only two: for Best Scening Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical, respectively.

"Dear Evan Hansen" is also described as an intimate performance - with just eight roles, it was relatively low-budget for a Broadway show. The show's writer, Steven Levenson, won for best book of a musical, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestrations (after winning a year ago 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 bad lie that he can not control.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, winners of best score for "Dear Evan Hanson", find theater to be sacred ground.

Over at Amazon, the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording sits in the No. 2 position, with Disney's MOANA, featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda at No. 8 and the HAMILTON cast recording still sitting pretty at No. 10. Unlike twelve months ago when "Hamilton" nearly swept the board, this year's Tonys were more even-handed.

Bette Midler scooped the prize for "Best Lead Actress in a Musical" at last night's Tony Awards.

Kevin Spacey stole the show as he sang, danced and impersonated his way throughout hosting the Tony Awards, where Dear Evan Hansen romped home with six accolades.

"Oslo", written by J.T. Oslow about the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, took home best play as well as a statue for best supporting actor for Michael Aronov.

"It's my honour to be here presenting the Tony for best revival of a musical", Colbert said at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

Unlike the Oscars from this past year, the only drama we saw at the Tony Awards was on the stage during the actual performances from some of Broadway's best last night.

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. "Could close early, we don't know, we don't know, best of luck to everyone involved".

Midler's speech teacher, Myrna Ishimoto, took the then-14-year-old her to the first restaurant she'd ever experienced.

She's a Tony Award-winner. Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards". He won his first best orchestration award for "In the Heights" in 2008.

  • Larry Hoffman