NEWS: Dear Evan Hansen wins big at the 2017 Tony Awards

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Dear Evan Hansen was the big winner at the 71st Annual Tony Awards, held on 11 June 2017 at Radio City Music Hall.

The original musical, about a high school boy with a social anxiety disorder who finds himself caught up in the turmoil when a classmate dies, scooped six awards from nine nominations to claim the top spot for this year. As well as Best Musical, Ben Platt won Best Leading Actor in a Musical and both the book  (by Steven Levenson) and the score (music and lyrics by Benj Pasak and Justin Paul) were winners on the night.

Along Dear Evan Hansen, the other most celebrated musical of the night was Hello, Dolly!, which took four awards from an incredible ten nominations. As well as winning Best Musical Revival, Bette Midler and Gavin Creel took Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Feature Actor in a Musical, respectively.

Other winners for the evening, hosted by ex-artistic director of The Old Vic, Kevin Spacey, included Oslo, which transfers to the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 30 Sept 2017 – 30 Dec 2017. From seven nominations, it scooped two awards – Best Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play (won by Michael Aronov). IndecentLillian Helmann’s The Little Foxes and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 also won multiple awards, with a final nod to the West End after The Play That Goes Wrong scooped a win for Best Scenic Design of a Play.

See below for the full list of winners and nominations:

Best musical

Come from Away
Dear Evan Hansen – WINNER
Groundhog Day the Musical
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Best revival of a musical

Falsettos
Hello, Dolly! – WINNER
Miss Saigon

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical

Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day the Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen – WINNER

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical

Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! – WINNER
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical

Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly! – WINNER
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steel, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical

Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen – WINNER
Stephanie J Block, Falsettos
Jean Colella, Come from Away
Matt Beth Peil, Anastasia

Best book of a musical

Come from Away, David Hein and Irene Sankoff
Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson – WINNER
Groundhog Day the Musical, Danny Rubin
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theatre

Come from Away, David Hein and Irene Sankoff
Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – WINNER
Groundhog Day the Musical, Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy

Best direction of a musical

Christopher Ashley, Come from Away – WINNER
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day the Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Best choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand – WINNER
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day the Musical
Kelly Devine, Come from Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Best orchestrations

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen – WINNER
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Best scenic design of a musical

Rob Howell, Groundhog Day the Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 – WINNER
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best costume design of a musical

Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly! – WINNER
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Best lighting design of a musical

Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 – WINNER
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

Best play

A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Indecent by Paula Vogel
Oslo by JT Rogers – WINNER
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Best revival of a play

August Wilson’s Jitney – WINNER
The Little Foxes
Present Laughter
Six Degrees of Separation

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter – WINNER
Jefferson Mays, Oslo

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play

Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2 – WINNER

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play

Michael Aronov, Oslo – WINNER
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s Jitney

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play

Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes – WINNER
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

Best direction of a play

Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent – WINNER

Best scenic design of a play

David Gallo, Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong – WINNER
Douglas W Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo

Best costume design of a play

Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes – WINNER
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best lighting design of a play

Christopher Akerlind, Indecent – WINNER
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Special award

Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin for their sound design for The Encounter

 

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