Taichman appeared shocked at her unexpected win, and took several tries to get out her speech.“It’s a story about love in a perilous time, and speaking out and making art when one is at great danger,” she said on stage.The big winner of the night was undoubtedly Dear Evan Hansen, which took home six prizes, including Best Musical. The show also won for its book, score, orchestrations and featured actress. The show’s star, 23-year-old Ben Platt, took home the Best Actor award, and gave an emotional speech on staying true to yourself.“Don’t waste any time trying to be anybody but yourself,” he said, “because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” Platt grew up in a Jewish family in Los Angeles and attended Camp Ramah as a child. In an appearance last year on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Platt discussed his Jewish upbringing and even sang a little show tune in Hebrew. At the camp, Platt explained, “we do all of our productions there in Hebrew.”After talking about his family performing at bar mitzvas, weddings, High Holidays, parties, “Yom Kippur, things like that,” Platt treated Meyers to a couple lines from “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls: “Hey lady, tni li mazal.”Platt’s father, film producer Marc Platt, is actually slated to adapt Oslo for the silver screen; he was behind La La Land and Legally Blonde, among many others.One of the biggest stars of the night was none other than legendary Jewish diva Bette Midler. Midler took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Hello Dolly! She resisted efforts to play her off the stage during her speech: “Shut that crap off!” she shouted at the music. The evening was hosted by actor Kevin Spacey, best known currently for his role in House of Cards. Spacey, a former Tony winner, kept the evening lively with a variety of musical numbers, and stayed largely away from the political humor that has dominated many recent awards shows.Actors Cynthia Nixon, Kevin Kline and Laurie Metcalf all won Tonys for performances in plays. Gavin Creel won best featured actor in a musical and August Wilson’s Jitney won best revival of a play.Christopher Ashley took home the best director award for a musical for Come From Away, about a small town in Newfoundland, Canada, that took in the passengers of 38 airplanes diverted on 9/11. One of the characters in the musical is a rabbi, who helps arrange kosher food, and meets with a local Holocaust survivor, one of the only Jews in the small town. The pair sing Kaddish together on stage as everyone reels from the horrific news of the terrorist attacks.“I’d like to accept this on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and all of the first responders and their families in New York on 9/11,” said Ashley. “The people who gave their lives and the people who extended their hearts and their homes and were generous and kind at the very worst moments.”Reuters and JTA contributed to this report.
And the Tony goes to… @OsloBway @LCTheater. #TonyAwards2017 pic.twitter.com/9SVHOuWsu1— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 12, 2017