May 25, 2018

Updates from the June 11th Tony Awards

15 June 2017, 03:20 | Lucia Cruz

Bette Midler presents during the Tony Awards.

"Oslo", written by J.T. Oslow about the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, took home best play as well as a statue for best supporting actor for Michael Aronov.

Noting one of its lines about people who "eat the Earth" and others who "watch them do it", Nixon praised "the people who in 2017 are refusing to just stand around and watch them do it".

Bette Midler accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

This was Bette's first Tony Award for acting.

Kevin Kline won Best Actor (Play) for "Present Laughter".

The late-night host wasn't done yet. "It started off-Broadway in the '80s, way off-Broadway, over on 5th Avenue".

Olivia Wilde wears a detailed red dress with plunging neckline.

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"This D.C. production is supposed to have a four-year run, but reviews have not been kind", Colbert said.

We mean, do you not know who you're dealing with?

When this happens, most celebrities get the hint and wrap it up in a timely matter - but not Bette Midler.

About two and a half minutes into her speech, the orchestra attempted to play Midler offstage.

Unlike the Oscars from this past year, the only drama we saw at the Tony Awards was on the stage during the actual performances from some of Broadway's best last night.

Anna Kendrick wears a black dress with white floral detailing and red bow. "Groundhog Day The Musical", the adaptation of the popular film, was nominated but took home no shiny statues. It was just the second Canadian-written show in the 71-year history of the Tonys to vie for the top musical honour, following 2006's "The Drowsy Chaperone", which won five awards.

Sara Bareilles stuns in a delicate sheer gown. This year the Tony voters spread the wealth around, calling "Hello Dolly" the best musical revival, and honoring its star Bette Midler.

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical - Gavin Creel for Hello, Dolly! A number from "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" gave a sense of that show's scope, but a bunch of people stomping around with chairs did nothing to convey the feel-good quality of "Come From Away", the musical about Gander, Newfoundland, providing refuge after 9/11.

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