Watch Bette Midler Refuse to Leave the Stage at the Tony Awards


Bette Midler stole the show at last night's Tony Awards in NY, where she won the "Best Actress in a Musical" prize for her role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.

The young winners gave gracious and thoughtul speeches-a lesson that Bette Midler might have followed when she got the Tony for leading actress for Hello, Dolly! . Some award winners, such as Nixon and Rebecca Taichman, who took home the trophy for Best Play Directing for her work on "Indecent", a play looking at an obscenity case bringing about the arrest of a troupe of actors. She concluded: "Bette Midler for president".

Bette Midler's Best Film Roles! It was just the second Canadian-written show in the 71-year history of the Tonys to vie for the top musical honour, following 2006's "The Drowsy Chaperone", which won five awards.

"Midler beat out Patti LuPone ("War Paint"), Christine Ebersole ("War Paint"), Denée Benton ("Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812") and Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon").

If other award ceremonies have featured a never-ending stream of jokes about President Donald Trump, Sunday's Tony Awards, hosted by double Oscar victor Kevin Spacey, were more politically restrained. The ceremony, at Radio City Music Hall here, was hosted by Kevin Spacey, who generally stayed away from politics, instead choosing to make fun of his own status as a late-in- the-game and unexpected choice as host.

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"Shut that crap off!" she said, silencing the music and continuing her speech as the audience applauded and cheered loudly.

"For a minute, I thought that was really Clinton", Biden said, at the after-party for the award show at the Plaza Hotel.

Christopher Ashley paid tribute to the people of Newfoundland as he accepted his Tony for best director of a musical for "Come From Away". The wins include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.

Best Play was won by Oslo, while a Tony went to August Wilson's Jitney for Best Revival of a Play.

We understand there's quite a few clips above - but, did you notice Groundhog Day has been made into a musical? But he ended with a dig at the planned budget cuts coming out of Washington, D.C., stating, "And, I would like to thank a couple of organizations, without whom, probably half of the people in this room would not be here".