Play inspired by Mideast peace talks wins in NY

"Dear Evan Hansen", a musical about a teen suicide, took home six awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect fame.

Ben Platt, who plays the anxious Hansen, won best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical.

Midler with her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for 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 & the Great Comet of 1812, ' the most nominated show of the season, won just two awards, for set and lighting design. 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.

"I want to thank everybody", Kline said, adding "we don't do this alone". The musical also won the most prestigious award of the night, Best Musical.

"Oh my goodness-I can't believe how many Broadway people do that eight times a week", he said, after the number.

Those watching will see musical numbers from nine new and revival musicals, "Bandstand", "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen", "Falsettos", "Groundhog Day The Musical", "Hello, Dolly!".

After a year away, the Tony Awards returned to their traditional venue at Radio City Music Hall in NY. She previously received a special Tony for her Clams on the Half Shell revue in 1974.

When the 23-year-old actor performed the hit song "Waving Through a Window" from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, it was met with a raucous response.

And when that star is Bette Midler, just assume that goes double for her.

Rebecca Teichman won best director for "Indecent", which recounts the bumpy journey to Broadway of Sholem Asch's controversial Yiddish play "God of Vengeance". Rachel Bay Jones won her first Tony for her work in the musical, capping a long career onstage with plenty of zigs and zags. Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards". He also dusted off his impressions of Johnny Carson and President Bill Clinton, and he even made an appearance as his House of Cards character Frank Underwood toward the end of the night.

The New York Times deemed it an "uneven night", and Variety said Spacey "fell flat", while the Los Angeles Times said Spacey was "sweet, corny and touching".

  • Salvatore Jensen