Stephen Colbert predicts Trump impeachment at the Tony Awards
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 2:05
Later in the speech, Midler spoke about the Hello, Dolly! in its current form and how it fits in to the current political climate - the musical was nominated for 10 awards and won the award for Best Musical Revival.
About two and a half minutes into her speech, the orchestra attempted to play Midler offstage.
This was the first time that the only award won by a musical was Best Director. Also, Ben Platt won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his impeccable performance. A number from "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" gave a sense of that show's scope, but a bunch of people stomping around with chairs did nothing to convey the feel-good quality of "Come From Away", the musical about Gander, Newfoundland, providing refuge after 9/11.
"Come From Away" headed into the Tonys with seven nominations, including a nod for best musical.
An exuberantly nostalgic production of Hello, Dolly! won for Best Musical Revival and its adored star, Bette Midler, won Best Leading Actress In A Musical, 50 years after she stepped onto a Broadway stage in the original production of Fiddler On The Roof.
Midler received an honorary Tony Award back in 1974 for her contribution to Broadway, but this is the icon's first award in an acting category.
Manhattan Theater Club had a great night: its winter production of August Wilson's Jitney was named best revival of a play, while Cynthia Nixon, star of its current revival of The Little Foxes, won the award for featured actress in a play.
The show ended with Lin Manuel-Miranda, who won multiple Tonys previous year for his juggernaut Hamilton, asking for the envelope for the Best Musical victor.
Spacey even had fun with rumors about his sexual orientation while singing the Andrew Lloyd Webber song "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from "Sunset Boulevard".
Kevin Kline won Best Actor (Play) for "Present Laughter".