The Tony Awards needed more Bette Midler, less head-scratching

Danny Woods
June 16, 2017

Midler took to Twitter after the shower to thank one more group of of people, the ensemble of Hello, Dolly!

Bette Midler stole the show at last night's Tony Awards in NY, where she won the "Best Actress in a Musical" prize for her role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.

In all, Midler's speech lasted more than four minutes, but she wasn't done even then. "Thank you", Platt said, and he also expressed his gratitude towards his supportive mother, father and family members, in addition to everybody that worked hard on the musical.

Don't ever try to get Bette Midler off the stage!

"Shut that crap off!" she said, silencing the music and continuing her speech as the audience applauded and cheered loudly.

Midler said her teachers took her "under their wing", encouraging her to enter speech competitions.

Don't mess with Bette - especially when she's just won an award.


Spacey also incorporated a number of impressions in his hosting performance throughout the evening, among them being a not-so-funny Jimmy Carson (but to be fair, Carson was never all that amusing himself), former President Bill Clinton, and the role that most millennials know him for, Frank Underwood from House of Cards.

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Clearly, it was a big night last night at the Tony Awards with a few standout productions and honorable actors/actresses.

Kevin Kline, who won the Tony as Best Actor in a Play for Present Laughter, gave a generally restrained acceptance speech, noting, "I want to thank everybody; we don't do this alone, it's a group effort".

Michael Aronov, a fellow New World graduate, won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his portrayal of a tough, cocky negotiator in "Oslo", which won for best new play.

So did actress Rachel Bay Jones, who plays Evan Hansen's mother.

Sunday's was Lacamoire's third Tony in three nominations, and each of the works he orchestrated went on to win best musical.

Kevin Spacey has also refused to be drawn on questions about his sexuality in interviews.

If other award ceremonies have featured a never-ending stream of jokes about President Donald Trump, Sunday's Tony Awards, hosted by double Oscar victor Kevin Spacey, were more politically restrained. Josh Groban and the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 went all in for the final performance of the night. Also, not surprisingly, Midler took home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for a Musical.

For a complete list of winners, see PlayBill.

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