Tony Awards TV audience slumps without 'Hamilton'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:24
The Oscar victor, who scored his first Tony Award back in 1991, kicked off the show with an original number inspired by tracks from the Best Musical nominees Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and Come From Away, while he also donned a dress and turban to portray Sunset Boulevard's lead character, Norma Desmond.
On Sunday night, Midler won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
"Oslo", J.T. Rogers' Mideast peace accord drama, was named best play at the Tony Awards on Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
"A couple of problems: main character is totally unbelievable and the hair and make-up - yeesh, no", the host of The Late Show said. So thankful, in fact, that her four-minute acceptance speech was not long enough to give all her supporters their proper due.
On her 21st nomination, costume designer Jane Greenwood ("The Little Foxes") finally won her first competitive Tony. "For Michael Aronov and I to win in the same year shows how magnificent it was to grow up with an arts education in Miami".
But when the orchestra tried to play her off the stage, Miss Midler continued speaking - at one point, even saying "shut that [music] off!" according to The Washington Post - and the audience witnessed an icon do what she does best.
However, the real scene stealer of the evening was, unsurprisingly, Bette Midler.
'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, ' the most nominated show of the season, won just two awards, for set and lighting design.
"My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it". Dear Evan Hansen took home Best New Musical, while Come From Away, which was neck-in-neck for the big prize, got Best Direction of a Musical.
At first I thought the problem with the opening number was that Neal Patrick Harris wasn't doing it-in case you've forgotten how good he is, scroll down-or that I didn't know this year's musicals very well.
At last night's Tony Awards, Broadway passed the torch to a younger generation of stars.
The producers made an attempt to cut her lengthy speech off by drowning her out with music.
Soon after, cast members from "Come From Away" went onstage linked arm-in-arm with dancers and performed a snippet of "Welcome to the Rock" from the hit musical.
James Earl Jones received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement, though strangely it was presented in a pre-show ceremony rather than on the telecast itself.