Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

'Dear Evan Hansen' takes home most statuettes at 71st Tony Awards

'Dear Evan Hansen' takes home most statuettes at 71st Tony Awards

Later, Midler tweeted she actually forgot to thank more people in her speech.

Midler previously received a Special Tony Award for Adding Lustre to the Broadway Season in 1974.

Michael Aranov accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for "Oslo" at the 71st Tony Awards in New York June 11, 2017.

It seems Bette Midler owns the stage in Hello, Dolly! - and also at the Tony Awards!

Midler gave a scene-stealing, over four-minute speech complete with expletives, and showed her trademark sense of humor.

The big victor was a show about outsiders - "Dear Evan Hansen", which featured a lonely 17-year-old who gets caught in a web of lies.

Gavin Creel accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

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The other big victor on the musical side was the blockbuster revival of Hello Dolly, which won four awards, including best revival of a musical, best featured actor (Gavin Creel) and best costumes. "Groundhog Day The Musical", the adaptation of the popular film, was nominated but took home no shiny statues. Other cast recordings from current Broadway shows which made the list are ANASTASIA, at No. 8, NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 at No. 38 and HELLO DOLLY at No. 51.

Laurie Metcalf accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for "A Doll's House, Part 2" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

Already the hottest ticket on Broadway, productions of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical have now opened or are about to open in Chicago, Los Angeles and London. Many also felt Danny Devito should have taken home the award for Featured Actor in a Play for his work in "The Price".

This is not Bette's first Tony.

Host Kevin Spacey kept the show moving at a brisk pace, and offered a self-deprecating poke at being the last choice for the evening's MC. Mr. Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards".

"It's a story about love in a perilous time, and speaking out and making art when one is at great danger", Ms. Taichman said of her unexpected win, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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