'Dear Evan Hansen' takes home most statuettes at 71st Tony Awards

'Dear Evan Hansen' takes home most statuettes at 71st Tony Awards

Carla Harmon
June 23, 2017

"Oslo", a behind-the-scenes look at the 1993 Middle East peace accords, won best play, in which Michael Aronov took the featured actor award for his role as an Israeli negotiator.

Kevin Spacey, from left, Michael Kelly and Robin Wright appear as their characters from "House of Cards" as they present Lin-Manuel Miranda with the envelope for best musical at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

Kline, who was seen as a shoo-in for his lead actor turn as the egocentric actor in Noel Cowards' play "Present Laughter", said "I want to thank everybody", adding "we don't do this alone".

The show ended with Lin Manuel-Miranda, who won multiple Tonys previous year for his juggernaut Hamilton, asking for the envelope for the Best Musical victor. Andy Blankenbuehler took home yet another Tony for Best Choreography after the cast of Bandstand showed everyone exactly why he deserved it (and, of course, the award was announced during a commercial break).

The "La La Land" curse is over for songwriter Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Host Kevin Spacey kept things light throughout the evening, starting with a madcap opening number in which he inserted himself into each of the Best Musical nominees.

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.

The star-studded award show also featured celebs including host Kevin Spacey, Sally Field, Danny DeVito, Cynthia Nixon, and more!

This marked the first year since 2008 that no person of color won in any of the eight acting categories. But she said the experience had been "life-affirming and life-changing", telling reporters between tears, "It's more than I deserve". Rachel Bay Jones won her first Tony for her work in the musical, capping a long career onstage with plenty of zigs and zags.

Australian producers Stuart Thompson (best play Sweat and best revival of a play Six Degrees of Separation) and duo Rodney Rigby and Sam Levy (best musical Come From Away) also missed out.

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" had 12 nominations, which was more than any other Broadway production.

Spacey also poked fun at U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton during the ceremony.

Love-sharing wasn't exactly unexpected going into the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall - just not quite as much as ended up happening.

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 got pretty fantastic from there where Kevin Spacey did a tap number and got us ready for the show that was about to come.

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