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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Wins Big at Tony Awards

Andrew Cohen, Staff Writer

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The Tonys happened! On Sunday, June 11, Kevin Spacey took the stage of the Beacon Theater and put on a great show as host.

One good thing about the show was that they don’t show all the less prominent awards, which would annoy people greatly. The Tony’s feature many awards such as “Best Scenic Design in a play,” and for the most part, people don’t care.

I thought the awards given were fair. Dear Evan Hansen took the most awards home, winning 6 Tonys, including Best Musical. The play Hello Dolly! won four, while Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet, The Little Foxes, Indecent, and Oslo each won two awards.

I was actually fortunate enough to be able to see Dear Evan Hansen, and I have to say, it deserved every win. Granted, I haven’t seen the other musicals that were nominated (though I definitely plan on it), but I still believed it still deserved all of its wins.

The show featured performances from all the musicals, and also featured some great moments, including many impressions by Kevin Spacey, which included former President Bill Clinton, legendary late night host Johnny Carson, and his own character from the Netflix series House Of Cards, Frank Underwood. It also featured many hilarious openings and presenters, most notably Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, who went to Broadway this year with their two-man play, Oh Hello: On Broadway, which featured them playing two older gentlemen who live in an apartment together in New York City.

It was a great night, and everyone should see the award winners below:

 

Musical: Dear Evan Hansen

Play: Oslo

Musical revival: Hello, Dolly!

Play revival: Jitney

Leading actor, play: Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”

Leading actress, play: Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Leading actor, musical: Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Leading actress, musical: Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”

Featured actor, play: Michael Aronov, “Oslo”

Featured actress, play: Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes”

Featured actor, musical: Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!”

Featured actress, musical: Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Book, musical: “Dear Evan Hansen,” Steven Levenson

Original score: “Dear Evan Hansen,” music and lyrics, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Scenic design, play: Nigel Hook, “The Play That Goes Wrong”

Scenic design, musical: Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Costume design, play: Jane Greenwood, “The Little Foxes”

Costume design, musical: Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”

Lighting design, play: Christopher Akerlind, “Indecent”

Lighting design, musical: Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Direction, play: Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”

Direction, musical: Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away”

Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand”

Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater: James Earl Jones

Special Tony Award: Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, sound designers for “The Encounter”

Regional Theater Tony Award: Dallas Theater Center, Dallas

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Baayork Lee

Tony Honors for excellence in the theater: Nina Lannan, Alan Wasser

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