'Dear Evan Hansen' big victor at 2017 Tony Awards

Carla Harmon
June 13, 2017

Still, outside of the Great White Way many are wondering just what this buzzy new musical is about.

"Dear Evan Hansen", the teen-angst driven musical about a high school outsider, won the top prize at Sunday's Tony Awards, Broadway highest honors, while J.T. Rogers' Mideast peace accord drama "Oslo" was named best play.

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.

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.


Kevin Kline, while accepting the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Present Laughter", pointedly thanked the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, "a couple of organizations without whom probably half of the people in this room would not be here".

The protests in March took place in scores of cities across the country, the largest show of discontent in years and a challenge to President Vladimir Putin's dominance of the country. (Little Foxes costume designer Jane Greenwood also won her first competitive Tony after 21 nominations).

"Hamilton", a musical that tells the history of America's founding fathers through hip-hop lyrics and casts African-American and Latino actors in the roles of figures like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, won 11 Tony Awards in 2016.

Bette Midler, the veteran Jewish actress and singer, won for best actress in a musical for "Hello Dolly" as Broadway handed out its highest honors on June 11 in NY.


Moments later, the show's story writer, Steven Levenson, won the Tony for best book, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestations. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Right: Spacey impersonates President Bill Clinton.

Midler previously won a Tony Award in 1974, but she had never won in an acting category before this year. Oh, and you don't want to miss Stephen Colbert's latest mocking of Donald Trump! The show was a frontrunner, only in contention with "Come From Away", a Canadian musical about a small town in Newfoundland that welcomed passengers stranded there on September 11th, which ended up being a quiet presence for the evening.

Biden - whose wife, Jill, introduced the military veteran-themed "Bandstand" at the ceremony and got a standing ovation - was clearly a major draw at the party, causing a bottleneck of admiring partygoers begging for selfies with him.


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