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Dancing host Kevin Spacey steals the show at Tony Awards

12 Juin 2017

Dear Evan Hansen, a show that centres on a lonely teenager who fabricates a former friendship with a classmate who killed himself, won best musical as well as best musical actor with Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones, who scooped best actress in a featured role.

"Dear Evan Hansen", the teen-angst driven musical with no stars which is set in motion by a suicide, won two early Tonys for best score and best book.

Kevin Spacey impersonates President Bill Clinton at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. The play goes through the 1993 meetings between Israeli and Palestinian diplomats, which led to the Oslo Accords and handshake between Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Cynthia Nixon won her second Tony, this time for her work in Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes". Nixon struck a defiant political tone, saluting those who refuse to stand around and watch bad things happen in the world.

The top prizes for leading actor and actress in a play went to Present Laughter actor Kevin Kline and A Doll's House, Part 2's Laurie Metcalf, who beat Cate Blanchett.

Bette Midler, to the surprise of absolutely no one, won the Tony for her performance in the smash revival of "Hello, Dolly!".

Best Revival of a Play: "August Wilson's Jitney".

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Alex Lacamoire poses in the press room with the award for best orchestrations for "Dear Evan Hansen" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

Heading into Sunday's awards, "Come From Away" was up for seven Tonys, including best musical.

"Dear Evan Hansen" beat out "Come From Away", "Groundhog Day the Musical" and "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812".

The Tony Awards kick off with Kevin Spacey as its first-time host hoping to shake the telecast's post-"Hamilton" hangover. His Frank Underwood from "House of Cards" makes a late appearance, and he and Patti LuPone close the show with a lovely duet of "The Curtain Falls" by Bobby Darin, a role he played onscreen.

Spacey was named as Tony host after several other celebrities turned the job down. But she said the experience had been "life-affirming and life-changing", telling reporters between tears, "It's more than I deserve".

"It's such a great season for musicals", said Astrid Van Wieren, who stars in "Come From Away", a show based on real events about how a Canadian town opened its arms to stranded people on September 11, 2001.

Dancing host Kevin Spacey steals the show at Tony Awards