Midler ignores exit music during Tony Awards speech

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

Actor Ben Platt plays a lonely teenager who has trouble "fitting in". Andy Blankenbuehler took home yet another Tony for Best Choreography after the cast of Bandstand showed everyone exactly why he deserved it (and, of course, the award was announced during a commercial break). "To all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody else", he said, "because the things that make you odd are the things that make you powerful".

Britons were awarded with some of the smaller prizes on the night with Nigel Hook winning best scenic designer and Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin winning a special award for sound design.

Spacey did a great job explaining why he was host (using riffs on the nominated musicals to make his point), but he was playing to a home crowd.

What started as an open field for theater's biggest night became Evan Hansen's big celebration.

Channing has played matchmaker Dolly Levi thousands of times in several Broadway revivals, most recently in 1995.

The lie spirals out of control, once news of Connor and Evan's fake friendship makes its way around the school, and culminates in an assembly honoring Connor's memory, called The Connor Project. Overall, it was a successful night for the production, Dear Evan Hansen.

So did actress Rachel Bay Jones, who plays Evan Hansen's mother. But Bette continued to speak, thanking her past teachers and others, even as the music picked up.

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A "Nana" is a common nickname for a grandmother. Of course, a speech like that from a performer as fierce as Bette deserves some rapturous applause from the audience, and that's exactly what Bette got. Its star, Jewish actor Ben Platt, received the award for Best Musical Actor. As a young boy, Platt said he performed in musicals with other family members in his family's backyard in California.

"I want to get the hell out of here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else", he quipped.

The married Canadian co-creators of "Come From Away" say their hearts were with the people of Gander, N.L., as the hit homegrown musical was honoured at the Tony Awards.

Bette Midler won best actress in a musical while an edgy new tale of millennial angst scooped six awards including best musical at Broadway's equivalent of the Oscars for U.S. theater. The music signals to a speaker that their time is up. The story revolves around a headstrong match-maker by the name of Dolly, who works to set up a curmudgeonly "half-a-millionaire" bachelor. "This has the ability to life your spirits in these awful, bad times".

Last but not least, the play titled Oslo won Best Play, a production composed by J.T. Rogers.

"Come From Away", about Canadians from Newfoundland who provided refuge to almost 7,000 airline passengers on September 11, 2001 when United States air space closed, also won one Tony for best direction of a musical.

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