‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Wins Big at Tony Awards, Takes Home Six Honors

'Hello, Dolly!' star Bette Midler awarded best leading actress in musical.

June 12, 2017 9:30 am
'Dear Evan Hansen' Wins Six Tony Awards
Ben Platt accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “'Dear Evan Hansen”' onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The 2017 Tony Awards turned out to be a love letter to Dear Evan Hansen.

The highly buzzed-about Broadway musical landed the most Tonys of the night with six, including best musical, actor in a leading role (Ben Platt), actress in a featured role (Rachel Bay Jones), best book (Steven Levenson), best original score (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul), and best orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire).

The results were not exactly a shock—the musical had been a heavy favorite to win a number of awards going into last night’s awards show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The proceedings were hosted by House of Cards’ star Kevin Spacey.

Best actress in a leading role honors for a musical went to Bette Midler, who starred in Hello, Dolly!—which also took home the award for best revival of a musical.

Other winners included Oslo (best play) and August Wilson’s Jitney (best revival of a play); Kevin Kline (actor in a leading role/play, Present Laughter); and Laurie Metcalf (actress in a leading role/play, A Doll’s House Part 2).

A special lifetime achievement Tony award went to Darth Vader himself—or rather, the villain’s voice—James Earl Jones.

For a full list of winners, visit the Tony Awards website.

Below, watch the cast of Dear Evan Hansen perform the number “Waving Through a Window” live at the Tony Awards last night.

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