Watch Bette Midler Refuse to Leave the Stage at the Tony Awards

Tony Awards 2017 updates: Kevin Spacey's opening is a hit; 'Dear Evan Hansen' gains momentum with multiple wins

The show's biggest competition was 'Hello, Dolly!', which was the rightful victor of Best Revival Of A Musical - despite leading actress Bette Midler (incidentally the victor of Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role) insisting in her acceptance speech that the musical never really died in the first place. "Dear Evan Hansen", a musical about a teen suicide, took home six awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect fame.

Miss Midler, during a long acceptance speech in which the orchestra tried to play her off, thanked "all the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated", as she collected her award for best actress in a musical.

Bette Midler won best actress in a musical while an edgy new tale of millennial angst scooped six awards including best musical at Broadway's equivalent of the Oscars for U.S. theater.

Hello, Dolly! also took home Best Revival of a Musical, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

Laurie Metcalf, who has previously been the sole nominee from her production three times at the Tonys, won Best Actress (Play) this year for "A Doll's House, Part 2". It came away with two Tony awards for best set and lighting.

"Dear Evan Hansen" was the big victor of the Tony Awards Sunday and a Syracuse University alumna got to accept a top award.

Spacey was named as Tony host after several other celebrities turned the job down.

The 71st Annual Tony Awards were full of unforgettable moments.

But nothing prepared him for directing Bette Midler and the "Dolly" juggernaut, which has won critical praise, earned 10 Tony nominations and broke the box-office record for first-day ticket sales.

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. When they attempted to play her off, she told the sound crew to "turn that crap off!" Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards". That's very impressive. I was on that list a couple times, but, Ben, you know who you bumped off that list?

Now that Hamilton has a national tour and has opened in theaters across the country, the cultural musical phenomenon has made some room on Broadway for another show to become the one that everyone's scrambling to see.

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