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Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

Ben PlattBen Platt took to the Tony Awards stage to represent the critically acclaimed, Dear Evan Hansen. Some six million Americans watched the Tony Awards on television on Sunday, down sharply from last year's televised ceremony when pop culture juggernaut Hamilton dominated the show.

It was no secret that Kevin Spacey had not been the first choice to host this year's Tony Awards.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the most nominated show of the season, won just two awards, for set and lighting design.
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Best direction of a musical went to Come From Away's Christopher Ashley.

Alex Lacamoire poses in the press room with the award for best orchestrations for "Dear Evan Hansen" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. Her work in the revival of "Hello, Dolly" has led to millions of dollars in pre-sale tickets (and therefore also no surprise it also banked the Best Revival of a Musical award).

Oslo, a behind-the-scenes story of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, won a much-deserved Tony for best play and Cynthia Nixon (of Sex and the City) took the Tony for her role in The Little Foxes, a revival of the great Lillian Hellman play.

If other award ceremonies have featured a never-ending stream of jokes about President Donald Trump, Sunday's Tony Awards, hosted by double Oscar victor Kevin Spacey, were more politically restrained. We stand corrected: Spacey can be a song-and-dance man.

The play, which garnered a total of seven Tony nominations, also saw Michael Aronov win the Tony Award for featured actor in a play.

Actor Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), who portrays Evan Hansen, won the Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

The 70-year-old actress, who delighted the audience at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night with her rambling speech that included a bleep for profanity, revealed her uber-producer Scott Rudin nagged her to take on the iconic role as socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi that certainly kept her on her feet.

Rebecca Taichman was a surprise upset in the best director category, which she won for the show "Indecent". "I was struck by it", she said. She was the "Divine Miss M".

"He gave us a loan that allowed us stay in New York", Mr. Pasek said. The orchestra stopped, and Midler was allowed to continue. You can see a full list of winners here.

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