Tony Awards on Sunday take place under 'Hamilton' shadow

"Dear Evan Hansen", a daringly unflinching exploration of loss, lies and loneliness in a high school community, won the 2017 Tony Award for the best musical.

Best leading actress in a musical: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

The leading musical Tony nominees are "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812", with 12 nominations, "Hello, Dolly!" with 10 and "Dear Evan Hansen", with nine.

The top prizes for leading actor and actress in a play went to Present Laughter actor Kevin Kline and A Doll's House, Part 2's Laurie Metcalf, who beat Cate Blanchett.

Kevin Spacey hosted the big event at Radio City Music Hall in NY.

The contemporary staging of Shakespeare's play features an assassinated Caesar who resembles President Trump, a depiction Delta said had "crossed the line on the standards of good taste".

"Dear Evan Hansen" emerged as the biggest victor of the night.

Hello, Dolly! won four awards in all, including best revival of a musical. Audience members-which included Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, on hand to support veterans and present a performance from nominated musical Bandstand-got a taste of his takes on Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton, the latter of which included a number of divisive Hillary Clinton jokes: "There's no doubt Hillary's much better at creating fake email accounts than you", Spacey/Clinton said to a visibly uncomfortable Platt, who was sitting in the audience.

While "Dear Evan Hansen" had the most Tonys, other show were shining, too, including "Oslo", a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, which was named best play and had the best actor in a featured role for Michael Aronov. This year, the lineup featured Josh Groban, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Kline, Bette Midler, Orlando Bloom, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, Sara Bareilles, Tommy Tune, Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Kendrick, among others.

"Am I dreaming? Is this some kind of insane dream?" she asked.

During his take on the production's As If We Never Said Goodbye, Spacey made light of long-running rumours suggesting he is secretly gay, quipping, "I'm coming out - wait!" "I'm Broadway bound", he sang.

Early on in the night, Spacey joked that Broadway's busy, eclectic 2016-17 season addressed themes like divorce, infidelity, suicide, greed, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gavin Creel, "Hello, Dolly!"

There were no technical or human snafus - other than Midler's elongated speech - that marred previous awards shows this year, including the wrong victor announced at the Oscars and sound issues at the Grammys.