The 2017 Tony Awards Recap
Whether you were watching the awards in the mezzanine or sitting at home with a bunch of theatre fans, the 2017 Tony Award live broadcast was a magical experience. One of my favorite moments of the night was seeing Kevin Spacey tap dance. If you missed those musical numbers or didn’t get a chance to see who won which category, let All Tickets’ Buzz Stream fill you in!
Of all of the productions nominated this year, Dear Evan Hansen took home 6 awards. It won Best Book, Best Orchestrations, Best Original Score, Best Performance of a Featured Actress, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, AND it won for Best Musical. Besides all of its wins, Ben Platt’s (Best Leading Actor in a Musical) performance of Waving Through a Window was one of the most incredible elements. Platt, who had been on vocal rest the weekend prior, performed marvelously. View the video below to see his Tony performance if you didn’t get to see it on June 11th!
In the world of the play, I really enjoyed the way that the creatives behind the Tony Awards chose to have the playwrights give their own explanations of their works. Between musical theatre performances, celebrity presenters, and Kevin Spacey silliness, the audience got a little bit of storytelling throughout the program. August Wilson’s Jitney won for best revival, J.T. Rogers’ Oslo won Best Play, and Indecent won for Best Direction as well as lighting design. Kevin Klein, Michael Aronov, Cynthia Nixon, and Laurie Metcalf were the performers who took home awards for Best Leading and Featuring actors and actresses for the season.
Hello Dolly! was a much anticipated element of this year’s awards for me. People were either rolling their eyes at Bette Midler’s long acceptance speech or yelling Yaass Kween! at their screens. However, a revival such as this requires a real leading lady with overwhelming presence…which the public clearly received. The win for Best Revival as well as Best Leading Actress in a Musical show that Bette and her team overshadowed the other shows in their category (Though the Miss Saigon performance was also very incredible). One thing we didn’t get to see was Bette Midler performing on the night of her win. Although David Hyde Pierce’s performance was wonderful and we got to see a song originally deleted from the history of Hello Dolly!, I would have liked to see Bette Midler sing.