'Dear Evan Hansen' wins big at Tony Awards

'Dear Evan Hansen' wins big at Tony Awards

NEW YORK — “Dear Evan Hansen,” the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest — winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book and top actor honors for Ben Platt.

The show came into the night as the second-leading Tony nominee but ended up on top, with a revival of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler next with four Tonys. “Oslo,” a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, was named best play.

“Dear Evan Hansen” came into the night behind “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” with 12 nominations, but that musical which dramatizes a 70-page slice of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” stalled after winning just two technical awards earlier, for best set and lighting.

Instead, the night belonged to “Dear Evan Hansen,” a show that centers on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who fabricates a prior friendship with a classmate who has just committed suicide.

Platt thanked his cast mates, crew and family, calling his parents his heroes.

Kevin Kline won his third Tony Award playing an egomaniacal matinee idol in the play “Present Laughter.”

Select list of winners of the 2017 Tony Awards, announced Sunday:

Best Musical: “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Best Play: “Oslo.”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics): “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Best Revival of a Play: “August Wilson’s Jitney.”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Michael Aronov, “Oslo.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Cynthia Nixon, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes.”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”

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

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen.”

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