Tony Awards 2017 Roundup
On June 11, 2017 Kevin Spacey hosted the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. While the night was filled with laughs, a lot of thank you's, and a few political statements, the well-deserving winners surely walked away with pride. Here's a list of some of the best moments at the 2017 Tony's, and scroll all the way down for a complete list of winners.
1. Performance by the cast of Come From Away- The first of the four candidates for Best Musical to perform, the talented cast of Come From Away started the show off right with a rendition of the show's opening number "Welcome to the Rock". The cast is comprised of Best Featured Actress in a Musical nominee Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Caesar Samayoa, Kendra Kassebaum, Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Lee MacDougall, Q. Smith, Sharon Wheatley, and Astrid Van Wieren, each of whom has their moment in the song. To see a complete video of the performance, click here.
2. Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo Sing- Last year's winners for Leading Actress and Leading Actor in a Musical, for The Color Purple (Erivo) and Hamilton (Odom). They joined forces with the Rockettes to sing a rendition of New York, New York, celebrating the greatest "city in New York" as Nick Kroll and John Mulaney introduced it. Kroll and Mulaney were seen this past season in Oh, Hello on Broadway and the show was filmed to be released on Netflix on June 13. To watch a full video of the Rockettes dance, and to see Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. sing, click here.
3. "Shut that crap off!"- Bette Midler won her first competitive Tony for her star turn as Dolly in the new revival of Hello, Dolly! Her speech took a little longer than most however, and as the orchestra attempted to play her off, she told them to "shut that crap off" and continued her speech with no problem. To see a full video of Midler's speech, click here.
4. Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood- Spacey is well known for his role on Netflix's series House of Cards playing the president of the United States Francis J. Underwood. Before Lin-Manuel Miranda (writer and original star of Hamilton) announced the winner for best musical, Spacey came out, dressed as Underwood with his on-screen wife, to hand Miranda the envelope, and later said "I want to get out of here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else". To see the full video click here.
All the winners from the 2017 Tony Awards:
Best Musical- Dear Evan Hansen
Best Play- Oslo
Best Lead Actor in a Musical- Ben Platt
Best Lead Actress in a Musical- Bette Midler
Best Featured Actress in a Musical- Rachel Bay Jones
Best Featured Actor in a Musical- Gavin Creel
Best Lead Actor in a Play- Kevin Kline
Best Lead Actress in a Play- Laurie Metclaf
Best Featured Actress in a Play- Cynthia Nixon
Best Featured Actor in a Play- Michael Aronov
Best Book of a Musical- Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Revival of a Musical- Hello, Dolly!
Best Scenic Design of a Musical- Mimi Lin, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812
Best Original Score- Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Direction of a Musical- Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Best Direction of a Play- Rebecca Taichman, Indecent
Best Revival of a Play- Jitney
Best Costume Design of a Musical- Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Best Scenic Design of a Play- Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Best Orchestrations- Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Lighting Design of a Play- Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Best Choreography- Andy Blakenbuehler, Bandstand
Best Costume Design of a Play- Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes
Best Lighting Design of a Musical- Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812