Dear Evan Hansen Wins Big At The Tony Awards, Bette Midler Takes Best Actress In A Musical [VIDEO]

ABC News reports:

“Dear Evan Hansen” was the big winner at the 2017 Tony Awards, broadcast live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, walking off with awards for best musical and lead actor as well as actress nods for Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones.

“Dear Evan Hansen” finished with six out of its nine nominations, including best musical. “Hello, Dolly!” captured four of its 10 nods, including best revival. “Oslo” took home best play honors, while August Wilson’s “Jitney” took home best revival of a play.

Broadway veteran Cynthia Nixon picked up her second Tony award for featured actress for her role in Lillian Helmann’s “The Little Foxes.” Nixon thanked Laura Linney and fellow cast members before getting political.

Bette Midler won for best leading actress in a musical for her portrayal of Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” giving an incredibly long acceptance speech in which she thanked everyone, including “all the Tony voters, many of whom I actually dated.”

See the full list of winners at the link.

  • popebuck1

    I’m on Bette’s side about the damn orchestra. They just HAD to cut off Ben Platt’s lovely speech, but they found time for one Kevin Spacey bit after another?

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Dumpf: No one deserves more Tony Awards them me! It’s rigged!!

    • Beagle

      But…but…but…nobody in Dump’s family is named Tony!

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Several of his NY “associates” are named Tony.

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    Ben Platt got an actress nod, that’s great!

    • popebuck1

      It really WAS a groundbreaking evening.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        He can do anything!

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    • Rick Hammond

      I noticed that too but didn’t want to say anything. You’d think a professional news organization had better command of the English language.

    • JCF

      Hardeehar. Har. Hardeehar.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Excellent shows won, while I agree DEH should have won, however the Great Comet was amazing.

  • greenmanTN

    Good for Bette for calling I out the bum rush actors get for their speeches.

    Unless I missed his announcement, Kevin Spacey deserves a Tony and an Oscar as Least Convincing Actor In The Role Of A Heterosexual. Give it up!

    I enjoy his work, but c’mon!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      He basically came out last night with a wink and a nod.

      • greenmanTN

        Admittedly I didn’t watch it. I’m a dedicated low-brow so I was probably reading a comic book or something.

        https://youtu.be/zA9SAGNJiB8

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Several comments about coming out of the closet.

          • greenmanTN

            Good for him. It’s kind of gotten a bad rap afterward, but I loved American Beauty and the plot really revolved around homosexuality. I even liked the plastic bag scene!

            https://youtu.be/gHxi-HSgNPc

            What can I say? I have masochistic tendencies. 😉

          • CharlestonDave

            Loved this scene as well. It reminds me of the Janacek piano piece “On An Overgrown Path I: II. A Blown Away Leaf” (Andràs Schiff album: A Recollection) that’s supposed to be a programmatic representation of a leaf being blown along a path by the wind.

            Edit: Shades of BillBear–I found it on YouTube!

            https://youtu.be/OvVXgov6y2w?t=3m4s

          • greenmanTN

            I digress, therefore I am… 😉

            For whatever reason I was reminded of the French film Diva.

            https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2w9g3z

            https://youtu.be/97bWyr3eClI

        • Dot Beech

          Didn’t watch the Tonys? Next, you will tell us you don’t like Barbra Streisand, either!

          • greenmanTN

            Don’t get me started. My older brother is also gay and you have NO idea how many times I had to listen to Barbara Streisand albums!

            I took my revenge with Joan Armatrding, which he dismissed as “that dyke music.”

            https://youtu.be/Brp8Va8XVQw

          • paganguy

            That’s why I’ve always been versatile. I love Streisand AND Armatrading. Why choose? ;p

          • greenmanTN

            We have very different aesthetics. He’s married now, to a man, and his husband thinks I’m the weird brother and I think he’s more than a bit precious. (This is all subtext.) He can’t watch shows like Law & Order or CSI because they give him nightmares and I think sroroes about serial killers are appropriate dinner conversation, and I think he’s a prissy little candy-ass and he thinks I’m a ghoul, so we just get on like gangbusters! 🙄

            Is it my fault his face is desperately in need of a pillow? I don’t think so.

          • JCF

            THIS. I’m a dyke AND have an inner Showtune Gay Man! 😉

          • greenmanTN

            You must have gotten my showtune gene because, though I do like some songs from that genre, I’m not a huge fan of show tunes. I think it’s PTSD from my brother playing the gay men music canon over and over.

            Him, excitedly, playing Edith Piaf for the thousandth time: “In France they called her the ‘little bird”!

            Me: “That’s because she laid so many goddamn eggs.”

            It was just his bad luck to get saddled with the male version of Wednesday Addams. Though my freshman year of High School I did do a book report on one of his Judy Garland biographies. Oh, that was big hit! 🙄

          • CharlestonDave

            Thanks, Greenmail! I adored Joan Armatrading in college, but haven’t listened in a long time. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂 I gotta put her on my bucket list for performers I need to see live!

          • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

            Sorry Dave, you missed your chance. Armatrading retired a few years back and did her last live tour.

            Unless she decides to pull a Cher I don’t think she’ll do any more shows.

          • CharlestonDave

            Oh no! I missed Sinatra and Etta James; my list is getting shorter.

          • greenmanTN

            An aside (now there’s a shocker, said no one ever) but the semi-feral cat I took in dumped 4 kittens on me April 1st, and my sister named them all. The solid black one is Etta James and I think she might be possessed. Here’s Elvis trying to take her down. 😉

            https://youtu.be/3kgGFzB-UIk

          • JCF

            Aw.

      • Dot Beech

        How is it possible to come out with a wink and a nod? To come out is to drop the pretense of secrecy. If he winked and nodded… he’s still in.

        • Strepsi

          ding ding ding.
          That’s the whole tradition of our people, and much of our art – to be sly so “we” get it, but the general straight public never does. Spacey is talented, but still in.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Oh honey, I can tell a whole novel with a wink and a nod.

          • FancyThat

            Well, those small Jack Russells are feisty little buggers, so one can easily understand how one could trip over such a pet whilst chasing a cell-phone rip-off artist at 4:30 a.m. in the middle of one of the cruisiest knob-job parks in London. Those things happen. It’s not as though he knew what all those men cavorting in the shadows were up to. He was just, you know, lettin’ his little guy get some air for crying out loud.

      • Leo

        Maybe it’s a generational thing but I’m tired of ‘winks’ and ‘nods’ from those in financial demographics that can handle it. I don’t have the energy to ponder hypotheticals as to what he would or wouldn’t be cast in if he did years ago, including ‘House of Cards’, but the entire premise just seems like a rotting relic.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Perhaps you should call a Ben Platt too cause there’s no doubt in my mind. He could have done so much by acknowledging it last night.

      • bobbyjoe

        As did Whoopi.

  • petewestcentral

    Probably a minority opinion here — the orchestra was gentle with its cues for speakers to wrap it up. Bette came off a bit gauche. But then I don’t often see awards shows because acceptance speeches are so tiresome. Last night’s show was enjoyable.

    • JDS

      Bette always comes off as gauche. That’s why we love her.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        She wouldn’t have it any other way, she has spent a lifetime doing things her way and if it upsets the status quo, all the better!

    • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

      I loved her speech. It rambled in the middle but what she said at the end was lovely.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    So, what was really the deal with Bette not performing at the Tony’s? I’m not buying the reason I read about the HD producers wanting their opening number to be done remotely and the Tony’s saying no to that.

    • Texndoc

      That’s exactly what I was going to ask. From iconic performances like J Holiday from Dreamgirls and LuPone from Evita and Idina from Wicked, if you’re the winner lock and the show is basically yours, you perform. We know she’s “mature” and the voice isn’t at it’s peak but people are shelling out over 500 a seat for you.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Whether it has something to do with Bette’s own wishes or the producers, I think it reflects badly on her. If David Hyde Pierce can do a simple, “non-dangerous”, number, then surely there are some from the show Bette could have done. I wonder if it is a sign that Bette won’t be in the show much longer and the producers want to advertise other attractions than her.

        • Texndoc

          Nah, I read she has a year’s contract. I’d hate to think the reasoning was have her do a number on national TV might actually hurt ticket sales. The huge hype “Bette is Dolly!” and we know she’s 71, but her charm is still there if the voice isn’t.

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            I’m sure there is an escape clause in the contract for “exhaustion”. And that many shows a week for a 71 year old could certainly be exhausting.

        • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

          I liked DHP’s song but it was SO weird they way they staged it.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Her contract is good till January 2018. It is basically sold out thru the entire run. Good luck finding a ticket.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        They did not redo choreography and scenic design and felt it would be dangerous to the dancers. They offered to do it live from the Schubert with an audience. The sales for the tickets for a tony party and this number would have gone to BCEFA. TONY producers said no it wasn’t Bettes stanima. She was amazing when I saw it last month.

    • Gregory Mullins

      Did you see The Great Comet’s number? If they could adapt to accommodate Radio City, I’m sure Hello Dolly could have.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Absolutely right.

  • Texndoc

    How often does it occur at the Tonys that the most nominated musical leaves with only a single award for technical, Best Lighting. (“Comet”)

    • David Walker

      Kind of like winning the popular election but the opponent becomes president.

    • Mike

      In 2011, The Scottsboro Boys got twelve nominations and no awards.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I wish both could have won. So different and entertaining in different ways.

  • David Walker

    Our local yokel CBS affiliate cut out after Bette’s speech, so I never saw the DEH award. Which was all right, now that I know, because I’m a Come from Away fan. I suspected DEH’s near-grand slam when Jenn Colella wasn’t acknowledged for her work (or her voice). I got my own private jollies that two sound designers won special recognition, since Tony gave sound design the boot after trying to award that (my) craft for a couple of seasons and CBS really wasn’t up to par with their sound engineering last night. It was a fun show, though, and you can’t have Neil Patrick Harris host every year.

    I left a message on WHP-TV’s Facebook page. Someone tried to be an apologist for the station (like 45’s apologists), saying they probably thought Bette’s speech was it. The more likely scenario was that no one was monitoring the show (I think there was a sports championship running at the same time) and one no noticed that Best Musical hadn’t been awarded or, at the very least, no credits were run and the CBS logo hadn’t come up. And they’ve pulled this shit before. If there’s something on CBS, I’ll watch it on demand. At least I’m not so technology-challenged that I don’t know how to do that. Fuckers.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      and CBS really wasn’t up to par with their sound engineering last night.

      Seconded. I figured they were burying Spacey on purpose in the opening number, in an act of kindness, but someone shortly thereafter got drowned out, too. Get it together.

  • Hank

    While I liked the shows, from what I could see, there was NOT ENOUGH for me to decide, what I would go to see once I got to NYC. (I grew up in the City and was taken to Broadway at the age of 8). I saw Jayne Houdyshell perform at the Tony’s last year in The Humans, and based upon what I saw on TV, saw the play on Broadway with her still in it.
    NOT seeing the performances, of plays or musicals, does not help an “out of towner” decide, what is REALLY Good!!! I did enjoy the Writers talking about the plays.
    Kevin Spacey is a GREAT Actor, but should NOT Host!!! The opening number, was not well done and the rest, that he did was very hit and miss…. more miss, IMO

    • Lars Littlefield

      “Kevin Spacey is a GREAT Actor, but should NOT Host!!!” I agree 150%, maybe 200%. A hoofer he ain’t.

      • Hank

        He may not be a Hoofer, but he is barely a singer. He was “cold” in the beginning, although he did better towards the end. He is an Actor and not a “Performer”,which is what a host on the Tony’s should be.

    • BostonBud

      Come from Away is the best show of the season IMHO. Dear Evan Hanson is wonderful with Ben Platt in the lead but overall Come From Away is a complete show.

  • DumbHairyApe

    They should have given a special award to Kevin Spacey for his lifelong portrayal of a straight man.

  • CharlestonDave

    Kevin Spacey as host? But I thought, to quote NPH a couple of years ago, “Broadway isn’t just for gays any more.”

  • CharlestonDave

    hmm…Kevin plays the accordion and an unending stream of trim young men climb out of his bed?

  • MichaelJ

    Does anyone know what Bette said that caused her to get bleeped out?

  • JIM W

    I enjoyed the whole evening. I’m excited for all the nominees and delighted for the winners. I really enjoyed the playwright’s talks about their works. I would have liked to see a scene from the plays. I really want to know what was bleeped from Bette’s speech. Can anyone enlighten me?

    • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

      I think it was something like “don’t fuck with the hairstylists” or “don’t fuck with the hair.”

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    I’m not a big Broadway/musicals fan/expert (more of a medium-ish fan) so perhaps someone who is can answer a question for me:

    Why, oh why did someone think that putting LuPone and Ebersole in a show where they don’t see/face/talk to each other AT ALL was a good idea? That just seems so odd.

    • Lars Littlefield

      They play two competing beauty mavens who never saw, talked, or faced each other in real life. Maybe that’s it.

      • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

        I know and understood that the women they’re playing never met in real life.

        But I meant that it seems so disjointed to have them both on stage and yet not interact with each other. Seems like some of the energy/power is muted as a result. Just wish they’d have structured it differently and perhaps used some creative license, so that they would have interactions.

    • Hank

      The 2 characters, that they play, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden were cosmetics “mavens” at the time and were Major Rivals in the industry. So, their characters reflect their rivalry.

      • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

        Hank – I know that. That wasn’t what I was questioning. And I know they apparently never met in real life. But during the entire show, the characters never truly speak/interact on stage. The performance last night was a sample of that, I assume……it just seems so odd to me, that’s all.

    • BostonBud

      I feel your pain, I saw the show and liked the story line but then I got the recording and became obsessed with it., It makes me want to see a Mame revival with Christine Ebersole and Patti doing Mame and Vera. In my dreams though.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Saw it. It sucked. Boring as hell.

  • LaceyBoy

    According to the Washington Post, Bette Midler’s censored comment was when praising the hair design team “for the most beautiful hair on Broadway, and I am not s—ting you people

    • Stubenville

      Well, she could have used their help last night. That hot mess of a shag hairdo was very, very unflattering.

  • Bomer

    Okay, I want that bed….

  • Stubenville

    And children, THAT is how a diva does it. When the “goodbye” music started, Bette told them to cut it out, continued speaking over it, and outlasted the music. Nobody in the control booth dared to shut off her mike and cut away to another camera.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Took a long time to find the Tony thread, and it didn’t make it to 100 messages?

    That’s alright. Now I know what to skip on the DVR. Got a little nervous yesterday what with the timing overlap between the Tonys and Courtney Love playing dead Mrs. Menendez on Lifetime.