ENTERTAINMENT

"Dear Evan Hansen" was the big winner at the 2017 Tony Awards. The heartwrenching musical centered on a lonely, depressed high-school student at the center of a social-media storm won six awards, including best musical. Star Ben Platt won for lead actor in a musical.

Among the other acting winners were Bette Midler, who won her very first Tony Award, Kevin Kline, Cynthia Nixon and Laurie Metcalf.

August Wilson's "Jitney" captured the Tony for best revival of a play, while "Hello, Dolly!" scored in the best musical revival category. Best play went to J.T. Rogers' "Oslo."

Winners

Gavin Creel thanks his education for his win as featured actor in 'Hello, Dolly!'

 (Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)
(Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

An effusive Gavin Creel didn't thank his agents, managers, parents or significant other for his win when he accepted the Tony for featured actor in a musical for his role as Cornelius Hackl in "Hello, Dolly!"

He thanked his education and the musical theater department at the University of Michigan.

"My education as a young person there changed my life forever," Creel said, before adding, "If you’re out there and you have money, and I know some people in this room have a lot of it, start a scholarship fund."

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