'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Oslo' win big at Tony Awards _ so far

Carla Harmon
June 12, 2017

J.T. Rogers' play explores the 1993 meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, which led to the breakthrough Oslo Accords and the handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Stephen Colbert, Kevin Spacey, Cynthia Nixon, and several others who stood at the 71st Tony Awards stage caught the world's attention as they delivered messages incorporated with Trump-hate.

Michael Aronov took home the trophy for best featured actor in a play for his work on "Oslo".

"Come From Away", about Canadians from Newfoundland who provided refuge to almost 7,000 airline passengers on September 11, 2001 when U.S. air space closed, also won one Tony for best direction of a musical.


Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently won Oscars for the song "City of Stars" from the movie "La La Land", added to a remarkable year with Tony Awards for best score for writing "Dear Evan Hansen".

The multi-award winning actress, who claimed her second Tony Award last night for best actress in a musical ("Hello, Dolly!"), took to the stage in a rambling speech that showed in no uncertain terms that with experience comes pure, unadulterated confidence. Likewise best lighting design and scenic design of a musical (both won, so deservedly, by The Great Comet, which is as much about its immersive experience as its plot or music); and best lighting design in a play (Indecent). Spacey remarked, prompting Goldberg to respond, "Well, Kevin, it depends on who you ask!" Incredible. And it is my honor to be here presenting the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

Costume designer Jane Greenwood should make 21 her new lucky number - that's how many nominations she's had (seriously, 21!) before capturing her first win, for her work on the play The Little Foxes. Kline took honors as best leading actor in a play.

The show depicts a lonely teenager, Evan Hansen, who makes up a previous friendship with a classmate who just committed suicide. The Divine Miss M, who won best actress for "Hello, Dolly!" was not going to be denied and signaled she was in a feisty mood early: "I'd like to thank all the Tony voters — many of whom I've actually dated", she joked.


"Dear Evan Hansen" was the big victor at the 2017 Tony Awards, broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, walking off with awards for best musical and lead actor as well as actress nods for Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones. Bette Midler simply refused to be played off. for quite a while, because she is Bette Midler and will speak as long as she pleases.

If last year's Tonys sweetheart was Hamilton, this year's was Dear Evan Hansen. Starting with, "I'm your father", Spacey said in a deep, Jones-esque voice, referencing Jones' memorable turn as the voice of Darth Vader.

"You taught me you have to be a decent human being to be a decent artist", Platt said, addressing his father. 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". It has a passionate following and triggered cheers whenever it was mentioned in Radio City Music Hall.

Kevin Spacey did an impression of former President Bill Clinton which was rather entertaining.


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