The stars come out at the Tony Awards

Over on the play slide, Oslo took home top honors for Best Play and, in a surprise, Best Featured Actor in a Play (Michael Aronov). "The things that make you odd make you powerful", Mr. Platt, also a veteran of the "Pitch Perfect" films, said from the dais when presented his trophy.

"Dear Evan Hansen" was the big victor at the 2017 Tony Awards, taking home the award for Best Musical.

Justin Paul, left, and Benj Pasek arrive at the 71st annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. The American television network CBS broadcast the awards show across the country. It was every man for himself and sometimes we had drinks, but it wasn't the way it is today.

It was clearly Evan Hansen's night.

Kevin Spacey joked about rumours concerning his sexuality during his opening musical medley at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (11Jun17).

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical - Gavin Creel for Hello, Dolly!

Colbert's criticism was the most overt, but others highlighted the need for the escapist nature of the arts, or the fighting spirit of people who were not on the stage.

A "Nana" is a common nickname for a grandmother. Music can add an important emotional element, making an interesting story even more powerful.

The glitzy revival of "Hello, Dolly!" starring the 71-year-old Midler and the breakout "Dear Evan Hansen", about wanting to belong and the might of social media, spotlighted different sides to New York's famed district, which last season grossed a record $1.45 billion in earnings.

The show ended with Lin Manuel-Miranda, who won multiple Tonys previous year for his juggernaut Hamilton, asking for the envelope for the Best Musical victor.

Bette Midler accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

The homegrown play, "Oslo", written by U.S. playwright J.T. Rogers was inspired by the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the agreement more than two decades ago.

The actress continued for several minutes before the orchestra began to play her off, softly at first, but getting louder quickly. The music signals to a speaker that their time is up. "This thing has the ability to lift your spirits in these awful, bad times".

Oslo, a crackling drama about the little-known backstory behind the 1993 Middle East peace talks, won the hard-fought competition for the best new play, reported New York Times.

Other winners included August Wilson's "Jitney", which collected the Tony for best play revival. The musical won four Tonys, including best musical revivla and Bette Midler taking home her first statuette as best actress in a musical. Come From Away played at Seattle Rep before going to Broadway.

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