Dear Evan Hansen and Hello Dolly dominate the 71st annual Tony Awards.
Theatre’s most prestigious awards were hosted by House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey at Radio City Music Hall in New York and featured performances from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and last year’s winner Cynthia Erivo.
Pasek and Paul’s Dear Evan Hansen scooped the most awards of the evening winning 6 of its nine nominations including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ben Platt.
Hello Dolly took home four awards, including Best New Musical Revival and Best Actress for its leading lady Bette Midler. As her acceptance speech over-ran, in typical comedy fashion Midler shouted out for them to ‘shut the music off’ to let her finish.
It was a disappointing night for hotly tipped Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Tim Minchin’s Groundhog Day, despite 12 nominations and 7 nominations respectively Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 won 2 (Best Lighting of a Musical and Best Scenic Design of a Musical), with Groundhog Day coming away empty handed.
Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
JT Rogers’ play Oslo, which has its UK premiere at the National Theatre in September, won Best Play, and Best Revival of a Play went to August Wilson’s Jitney.