"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."
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Hello, Tony! Bette Midler has won the Tony Award — her first — as lead actress in the musical "Hello, Dolly!"
Other nominees in the category were:
- Denée Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
- Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
- Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
- Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”
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