AceShowbiz - "Dear Evan Hansen" won big at 2017 Tony Awards, which honored "theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway" and was held on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The musical nabbed six accolades at the event, including Best Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for %cBen Platt%, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for %cRachel Bay Jones%, Best Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Book.
"Dear Evan Hansen" is written by Pasek & Paul, with a book by Steven Levenson and the leading performance from %cBen Platt%. It follows a high school senior named Evan Hansen, who has a social anxiety disorder and "invents an important role for himself in a tragedy that he did not earn."
"Oslo", a drama centering on a secretive 1993 Middle East peace talk, won an accolade for Best Play. It also earned %cMichael Aronov% an accolade for Best Featured Actor. Meanwhile, the accolade for Best Leading Actor in a Play was given to %cKevin Kline% for his performance in "Present Laughter".
%cBette Midler% won an award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in "Hello, Dolly", which also nabbed Best Revival of a Musical prize. "Hello, Dolly" also earned %cGavin Creel% an award for Best Featured Actor. Meanwhile, %cLaurie Metcalf% won a prize for her leading performance in "A Doll's House, Part 2", while %cCynthia Nixon% nabbed an accolade for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in "The Little Foxes".
The event was hosted by %cKevin Spacey%, who presented a hilarious opening by spoofing critically-acclaimed musicals such as "Dear Evan Hansen", "Groundhog Day", "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812", "Come From Away" and "Sunset Boulevard".