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

Bette Midler praised the Broadway community after she won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award Sunday night for her performance in the revival of Hello, Dolly! The show's star, Ben Platt, won best actor in a musical, Rachel Bay Jones won best featured actress and the show also picked up awards for its book, score and orchestrations.

Miss Midler, during a long acceptance speech in which the orchestra tried to play her off, thanked "all the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated", as she collected her award for best actress in a musical.

The stars of the stage turned out in force at theatre's biggest night of the year as the 71-year-old crowned "Best Actress" for her turn in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!

Michael Aronov was a surprise victor in the featured actor category for his kinetic performance as an Israeli negotiator in "Oslo", a behind-the-scenes look at the 1993 Middle East peace accords.

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" had 12 nominations, which was more than any other Broadway production. Best Direction Of A Musical was scooped by Christopher Ashley for "Come From Away". See below for the five best performances from the 2017 Tony Awards.

Musicals "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Hello, Dolly!' took home six and four awards respectively - not quite the takeover as 'Hamilton" but impressive nonetheless.

The real-life political thriller tells the story of the Norwegian couple who coordinated the secret talks that led to the handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the lawn of the White House, and earned both the Nobel Peace Prize, shared with Shimon Peres.

THANKS, NANA-Jones, who won for her complex portrayal of a mom of a troubled teen in "Dear Evan Hansen", gave a shout-out to her grandmother.

Yet other big names, among them Danny DeVito, Cate Blanchett and singer Josh Groban, left New York's Radio City Music Hall empty-handed.

"Oslo" won the best play award.

Kevin Spacey opened the show with a rousing musical number proving his stage chops.

Midler last won a special Tony for her performance in Clams on the Half Shell Revue but she managed to keep that acceptance speech under two minutes.

"I'm so privileged, I'm so honored". 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".

  • Salvatore Jensen