'Come From Away' wins Tony for best director of a musical

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"Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated", she joked.

"Dear Evan Hansen", starring 23-year-old Ben Platt in a breakout - and knockout - performance, took six awards Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall, including best musical and best actor for Platt.

Dear Evan Hansen, a story of love, loss and loneliness in the age of social media, was the big victor at last night's Tony Awards, picking up six awards including Best Musical.

Dear Evan Hansen scooped the most Tony Awards of all the nominees, including Best New Musical. Kevin's featured Dear Evan Hansen to start and went into such musicals as Groundhog Day and Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The show also was awarded Best Featured Actress for Rachel Bay Jones, Best Book, Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score for Benji Pasek, who is Jewish and Justin Paul who won an Oscar this year for "La La Land".

She gave a four-minute acceptance speech that forced organisers to play music over the top in an attempt to drive her off stage. Not surprisingly, the Late Show host also took aim at Mr Trump.

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"This thing has the ability to lift your spirits in these awful, bad times", said Midler, an outspoken Trump critic, in a speech that extended well past her allotted time at Radio City Musical Hall. How dare you try and shut up Queen Bette.

On her 21st nomination, costume designer Jane Greenwood ("The Little Foxes") finally won her first competitive Tony. Come From Away, the Canadian musical won just one: for best direction, by Christopher Ashley. As the Divine Miss M thanked the cast of Hello, Dolly! 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).

The House of Cards star was joined for the opening by US talk show presenter Stephen Colbert and 2008 Tony's host Whoopi Goldberg, who also joked about her sexuality as she stepped out of a closet to make her big entrance.

The real-life political thriller tells the story of the Norwegian couple who coordinated the secret talks that led to the handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the lawn of the White House, and earned both the Nobel Peace Prize, shared with Shimon Peres.

She expressed her appreciation for "all the people who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it".

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