Best Performances From The 2017 Tony Awards
“Dear Evan Hansen” captured the Tonys for best score and best book of a musical, beating Sankoff and Hein.
In his acceptance speech, Platt encouraged young people to be unusual, because “the thing that make you odd are the things that make you powerful”.
The ceremony, at Radio City Music Hall, was hosted by Kevin Spacey, who generally stayed away from politics, choosing instead to make fun of his own status as a late-in-the-game choice as host. Clearly, the most respected Broadway musical that went home with the most awards was Dear Evan Hansen, and Hello Dolly!, Oslo, and specific actors and actresses also stood out.
“Dear Evan Hansen” was called the year’s best musical and earned a total of half a dozen Tony awards including a trophy for Rachel Bay Jones, who plays Evan’s mom and Ben Platt, who stars as her son. He really got into character (as Evan Hansen) well, and left everybody in awe of his talent as an overall performer. Oslo performer Michael Aronov won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play, while Gavin Creel of Hello, Dolly! won best featured actor in a musical.
Laurie Metcalf, best known for her role in television’s Roseanne, won her first Tony Award – Best Leading Actress In A Play – for her portrayal of a fiercely independent woman who had walked out on her family years earlier in A Doll’s House, Part 2. “Sex and the City” alumna Cynthia Nixon, who clearly enjoys returning to the theater, won featured actress for “The Little Foxes“.
Bette Midler proved why she’s the undisputed Queen of Sass with her award acceptance speech at the Tony Awards. Spacey eventually concluded that he was indeed ready to be host, and led a dancing chorus in a high-kicking tap number dressed Astaire-like in top hat, tails, cane, and spats, singing, “Even if mean tweets come crashing through/ Michael Riedel says that I just blew/ My career’s shattered on the ground/ I’m Broadway bound!”
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Tony win felt like a win for theatre kids everywhere. Josh Groban and the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 went all in for the final performance of the night. Some non-white nominees, like set designer Mimi Lien and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, won trophies, and the cast of “Jitney” – mostly African-American – helped it win the revival Tony.
Midler then hilariously told the orchestra to “shut that crap off”, as they attempted to play her off stage.