Select list of winners of the 2017 Tony Awards

by Wade Massey June 13, 2017, 2:33

Andy Blankenbuehler won his second choreography Tony in as many years - last year for "Hamilton" and this time for "Bandstand".

"This stage has the ability to lift your spirits in this bad, awful times-go see it", she said.

The show also lost out on the best lighting design of a musical award to Bradley King of "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812".

The accolades Dear Evan Hansen won during the Tonys telecast weren't the only prizes captured by the best musical victor.

"To all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, because the things that make you unusual are the things that make you powerful", Platt said while accepting the award.

'My professors, my classmates: They instilled in me an appreciation for what it is to be an artist and what it is to be lucky to be part of this incredible community, ' he said. He added a plea to idiosyncratic types in keeping with the theme of his show.

'And finally to all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, ' Platt said.

But if the night celebrated the outsider, it was the consummate showbiz insider who was its biggest star.

"I want to get the hell out of here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else", he quipped. Gavin Creel won his first Tony for featured actor in a musical in "Hello, Dolly!". Ben Platt took home the leading actor in a musical award, with Rachel Bay Jones winning the featured actress in a musical prize. "I'm so grateful for the outpouring of love and affection that have greeted me and this production", she continued.

"I'd like to thank all the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated", Midler cracked. "Don't waste any time trying to be anyone but yourself because the things that make you odd are what make you powerful.thank you", Platt said in his acceptance speech, speaking directly to the young people.

The surprising speech did not match the upsets from the podium.

Rebecca Teichman won best director for "Indecent", which recounts the bumpy journey to Broadway of Sholem Asch's controversial Yiddish play "God of Vengeance". Making his Broadway debut, DeVito was favored as a slippery furniture salesman in the revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price". Broadway delivered a message to then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence and three standing ovations to Hillary Clinton.

Spacey, who was named Tony host after several other celebrities turned down the job, laughed at himself in the 10-minute opening song, in which he gradually grew comfortable with hosting duties despite what he fears will be nasty tweets directed at him.

Stephen Colbert was on hand to present the trophy for 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. When we asked Levenson who should step in when Midler completes her show run in the next few weeks, he quipped, "Can anyone replace Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!".

Here's a gallery of images from inside Radio City Music Hall.


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