The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music hall and broadcast live on CBS, were hosted by Kevin Spacey. Spacey opened the show dressed as Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen with a cast that said #HOST and sang a parody of “You Will Be Found” and then transitioned into a Groundhog Day parody and moved the cast to this leg. From there be paid tribute to The Great Comet and then Come From Away to finish off the four Best Musical Nominees. He also dressed as Norma Desmond and then tap danced it was quite a lot going on.
During the show the cast of Come From Away performed “Welcome to the Rock,” the company of Dear Evan Hansen sang “Waving Through a Window,” David Hyde Pierce performed “Penny in my Pocket from Hello, Dolly!, and Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone performed “Face to Face” from War Paint. Further performances included those by the remarkable companies of The Great Comet, Falsettos, Groundhog Day, Bandstand, and Miss Saigon.
Best Play was presented to Oslo and Best Revival of a Play was awarded to August Wilson’s Jitney. Best Leading Actress in a Play was awarded to Laurie Metcalf for A Doll’s House, Part 2 while Best Leading Actor in a Play went to Kevin Kline for Present Laughter. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Michael Aronov for his role in Oslo and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Cynthia Nixon for her role in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Best Direction of a Play was presented to Rebecca Taichman for Indecent.
Best Musical was awarded to Dear Evan Hansen. Best Revival of a Musical was awarded to Hello, Dolly! and Bette Midler took home the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the show. Best Actor in a Musical went to Ben Platt and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical was presented to Rachel Bay Jones for their roles in Dear Evan Hansen. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical was awarded to Gavin Creel for his role in Hello, Dolly!. Best Score and Best Book of a Musical were presented to Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and Steven Levenson respectively for Dear Evan Hansen. Best Orchestrations also went to Alex Lacamoire for the show. Best Direction of a Musical was awarded to Christopher Ashely for Come From Away.
James Earl Jones was presented with this year’s award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
A full list of winners can be found here.
Full Red Carpet coverage can be found here.