Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony Awards 2017: A Recap

Broadway’s biggest names hit the stage yesterday for the 2017 Tony Awards, which aired live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Kevin Spacey hosted the event honoring theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

Bette Midler took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in 'Hello, Dolly!' "I'd like to thank all the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated," Midler cracked. The last time Midler was recognized at the Tony Awards was over 40 years ago when she won a special Tony Award in 1974, not long after she began her career on Broadway in the 1967 production of 'Fiddler on the Roof.'

'Hello, Dolly!' actor Gavin Creel also won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

Accepting his award for Best Actor in a Musical for 'Dear Evan Hansen,' which explores bullying and teen suicide, Ben Platt said, “To all the young people watching at home, don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself. Because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” 'Dear Evan Hansen,' which also won Best Musical, also earned super-duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul the award for Best Score.

Cynthia Nixon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her performance in 'The Little Foxes.'

Walking away with a total of six awards, 'Dear Evan Hansen' was the evening’s biggest winner. In comparison, 'Hamilton,' last year’s biggest winner, snagged 11 Tonys. 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812' led this year’s race with 12 nominations but only won two awards.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Play:
"Oslo" (WINNER)
"A Doll's House, Part 2"
"Indecent"
"Sweat"

Best Musical:
"Dear Evan Hansen" (WINNER)
"Come From Away"
"Groundhog Day The Musical"
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Best Book of a Musical:
"Dear Evan Hansen" — Steven Levenson (WINNER)
"Come From Away" — Irene Sankoff and David Hein
"Groundhog Day The Musical" — Danny Rubin
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" — Dave Malloy

Best Original Score:
"Dear Evan Hansen" — Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (WINNER)
"Come From Away" — Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
"Groundhog Day The Musical" — Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" — Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy

Best Revival of a Play:
"August Wilson's Jitney" (WINNER)
"Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
"Present Laughter"
"Six Degrees of Separation"

Best Revival of a Musical:
"Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
"Falsettos"
"Miss Saigon"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 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 an Actress in a Leading Role 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, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 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 The Musical"
David Hyde Pierce, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Bette Midler, "Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
Denee Benton, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Christine Ebersole, "War Paint"
Patti LuPone, "War Paint"
Eva Noblezada, "Miss Saigon"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Michael Aronov, "Oslo" (WINNER)
Danny DeVito, "Arthur Miller's The Price"
Nathan Lane, "The Front Page"
Richard Thomas, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
John Douglas Thompson, "August Wilson's Jitney"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Cynthia Nixon, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes" (WINNER)
Johanna Day, "Sweat"
Jayne Houdyshell, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Condola Rashad, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Michelle Wilson, "Sweat"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role 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 an Actress in a Featured Role 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 Scenic Design of a Play:
Nigel Hook, "The Play That Goes Wrong" (WINNER)
David Gallo, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Douglas W. Schmidt, "The Front Page"
Michael Yeargan, "Oslo"

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Mimi Lien, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" (WINNER)
Rob Howell, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
David Korins, "War Paint"
Santo Loquasto, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Jane Greenwood, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes" (WINNER)
Susan Hilferty, "Present Laughter"
Toni-Leslie James, "August Wilson's Jitney"
David Zinn, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Santo Loquasto, "Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
Linda Cho, "Anastasia"
Paloma Young, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Catherine Zuber, "War Paint"

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Christopher Akerlind, "Indecent" (WINNER)
Jane Cox, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Donald Holder, "Oslo"
Jennifer Tipton, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Bradley King, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" (WINNER)
Howell Binkley, "Come From Away"
Natasha Katz, "Hello, Dolly!"
Japhy Weideman, "Dear Evan Hansen"

Best Direction of a Play:
Rebecca Taichman, "Indecent" (WINNER)
Sam Gold, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Bartlett Sher, "Oslo"
Daniel Sullivan, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley, "Come From Away" (WINNER)
Rachel Chavkin, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Michael Greif, "Dear Evan Hansen"
Matthew Warchus, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
Jerry Zaks, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Choreography:
Andy Blankenbuehler, "Bandstand" (WINNER)
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
Kelly Devine, "Come From Away"
Denis Jones, "Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical"
Sam Pinkleton, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Best Orchestrations:
Alex Lacamoire, "Dear Evan Hansen" (WINNER)
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, "Bandstand"
Larry Hochman, "Hello, Dolly!"
Dave Malloy, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

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