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Tony Awards 2017: 'Dear Evan Hansen', 'Oslo,' And The Other Winners

12 June 2017, 8:18 am EDT By Carl Velasco Tech Times
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Dear Evan Hansen has won big at this year's Tony Awards, the highest U.S. theater honor that recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The musical snagged the Tony for Best Musical on Sunday, June 11.

Oslo, Come From Away, and the Hello, Dolly! Revival, among others, also won big this year.

Oscar and Tony-winning actor and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey hosted this year's ceremony, kicking the show off with comedy. Spacey joked, as did Neil Patrick Harris when he hosted the show years ago, that he wasn't the first choice to host this year's awards show. Cue late night talk show host Stephen Colbert, who entered the stage as the groundhog from the production of Groundhog Day, there to give Spacey hosting advice.

"Just read the prompter," sang Colbert. "Hey, even Steve Harvey would be okay. You're no dope. Never give up hope. Never let yourself be defeated."

Hollywood stars Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal soon followed Colbert, arming Spacey with hosting advice aplenty.

"Kevin, if all else fails, put on a dress," said Crystal.

71st Tony Awards

This year's most nominated play, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace titled Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, snagged two awards out of 12 nominations, while Hello, Dolly! reaped four awards from 10 nominations.

Dear Evan Hansen won big with six awards out of nine. An original musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen opened in December 2016, featuring the titular character Evan, a high school senior with social anxiety disorder. The New York Times called it a "daringly unflinching exploration of loss, lies and loneliness in a high school community."

Oslo, The Little Foxes, and Indecent each came home with two Tony awards; while A Doll's House, Part 2, Jitney, Present Laughter, Bandstand, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Come From Away each received one.

71st Tony Awards: List Of Winners

Check out the official list of winners of the 71st Tony Awards below, featuring several major categories.

Best Play

Oslo (Winner)

A Doll's House, Part 2

Indecent

Sweat

 

Best Musical

Dear Evan Hansen (Winner)

Come from Away

Groundhog Day

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

 

Best Revival of a Play

Jitney (Winner)

The Little Foxes

Present Laughter

Six Degrees of Separation

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Hello, Dolly! (Winner)

Falsettos

Miss Saigon

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter (Winner)

Denis Arndt, Heisenberg

Chris Cooper, A Doll's House, Part 2

Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation

Jefferson Mays, Oslo

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, A Doll's House, Part 2 (Winner)

Cate Blanchett, The Present

Jennifer Ehle, Oslo

Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie

Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen (Winner)

Christian Borle, Falsettos

Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Andy Karl, Groundhog Day

David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! (Winner)

Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Christine Ebersole, War Paint

Patti LuPone, War Paint

Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Michael Aronov, Oslo (Winner)

Danny DeVito, The Price

Nathan Lane, The Front Page

Richard Thomas, The Little Foxes

John Douglas Thompson, Jitney

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes (Winner)

Johanna Day, Sweat

Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll's House, Part 2

Condola Rashād, A Doll's House, Part 2

Michelle Wilson, Sweat

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly! (Winner)

Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen

Andrew Rannells, Falsettos

Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen (Winner)

Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!

Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos

Jenn Colella, Come from Away

Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

 

Best Book of a Musical

Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen (Winner)

Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Danny Rubin, Groundhog Day

Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come from Away

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen (Winner)

Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Tim Minchin, Groundhog Day

Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come from Away

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