5 takeaways from the Tonys, including leave Bette alone
Jun 13 2017
Nobody tries to get Bette Midler offstage before she's ready! Producers tried on Sunday - and failed miserably.
Midler, who won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! Oh, you know when the music comes on when a speech might be going a little long, well, The Divine Miss M wasn't having it.
Sankoff said it "blew her mind" to see host Kevin Spacey and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg engaged in tongue-in-cheek banter with a nod to "The Rock" to kick off the telecast. The orchestra went wisely silent.
"Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated", she joked. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Right: Spacey impersonates President Bill Clinton. 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. This time around, the legendary Upper East Side hotel hangout was transformed into "Disco Dolly!"-a nod, of course, to Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler". It won the award for best new play.
Last night's award marks Midler's first ever Tony - she has won multiple Golden Globes, Emmys, and Grammys - and for that she was thankful.
"Two lovely Newfoundlanders had come, and we all cheered and they cheered down at us and we thanked them and they thanked us", said Hein. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 won awards for set and lighting design.
"Between you and me, you might be a better singer, but after seeing your show, there's no doubt Hillary is much better at creating fake email accounts than you!"
"Hello Dolly" won the award for best revival of a musical.
"Hamilton", a musical that tells the history of America's founding fathers through hip-hop lyrics and casts African-American and Latino actors in the roles of figures like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, won 11 Tony Awards in 2016. No person of color won an acting award, though some of the acting categories featured a diverse list of nominees.