Andy Blankenbuehler took home yet another Tony for Best Choreography after the cast of Bandstand showed everyone exactly why he deserved it (and, of course, the award was announced during a commercial break). Though the lyrics in the songs he sang implied that he was not the first choice for the event, nor totally confident in his abilities, he had nothing to fear (and also got by with a little help from his friends).
Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey pulled double duty as host and performer at the 71st annual Tony Awards.
The show, about an anxiety- racked adolescent whose social standing improves when he insinuates himself into the grieving family of a classmate who has killed himself, picked up six awards, including the Best Leading Actor In A Musical award for the twitching-and-tender talk-of-the-town performance by Ben Platt in the title role. Miss Nixon related how co-star Laura Linney was the one to convince her to switch their roles in the show's run. "Don't waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, because the things that make you unusual are the things that make you powerful", Platt said during his acceptance speech. Platt, playing the role of Evan Hansen, performed "Waving Through A Window", to thunderous applause from the Radio City Music Hall audience.
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However, the real scene stealer of the evening was, unsurprisingly, Bette Midler.
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Josh Groban and the cast of "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" perform at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.
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"Come From Away" star Jenn Colella lost the best featured actress in a musical Tony to Rachel Bay Jones of "Dear Evan Hansen", while choreographer Kelly Devine lost to Andy Blankenbuehler for "Bandstand".
And the 96-year-old stage veteran returned the favor: On Facebook legendary publicist B. Harlan Boll shared that Channing was touched by Midler's praise and thought the award was well-deserved. "Groundhog Day The Musical", the adaptation of the popular film, was nominated but took home no shiny statues.
The 2017 Tony Awards featured multiple eye-popping performances from some of the biggest stars on Broadway.
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