Gilman grad wins Tony Award for lighting design of 'The Great Comet'

Danny Woods
June 12, 2017

Midler, 71, is all-but-assured of winning her first competitive Tony for her star turn in "Hello Dolly", which scored 10 nominations.

Best play went to Oslo, a three-hour show about diplomatic meetings between Israel and Palestine which will head to London in September.

After her speech, Midler came backstage to continue her gratitudes.

'Shut that crap off!' Bette eclaimed.

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical: Ben Platt, Dear Evan HansenBest performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Last night, the pair achieved the top Broadway honor for the music for "Dear Evan Hansen".

Platt thanked his cast mates, crew and family, calling his parents his heroes. It also won best score for its young composers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, already Oscar winners for the movie "La La Land".

Moments later, the show's story writer, Steven Levenson, won the Tony for best book, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestations. The Divine Miss M, who won best actress for "Hello, Dolly!" was not going to be denied and signaled she was in a feisty mood early: "I'd like to thank all the Tony voters - many of whom I've actually dated", she joked.

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The actress lauded Hellman for her "eerily prescient play". Nixon, the "Sex and the City" star, struck a defiant political tone, saluting those who refuse to stand around and watch bad things happen in the world.

Kline won the lead actor Tony for his turn as an egocentric actor in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter".

Describing the musical, she said: "Its optimism, its democracy, its color, its love of life, its hilarity".

Joining Colbert in the ranks of those who bashed Trump at the annual event is Kevin Spacey, who mocked up the American president using a James Earl Jones-like CNN tagline voice, saying: "This is CNN: The most trusted name in Fake News".

"Well Kevin, it depends on who you ask".

"The Great Comet", which was nominated for 12 awards, also won the Tony for best scenic design of a musical.

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

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