"Dear Evan Hansen" is the biggest winner at the 71st Tony Awards

71st Tony Awards – Show. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

This year's Tony Awards, which honors the best and brightest of Broadway productions, saw "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Oslo" take home the awards for best new play and musical, respectively — the most coveted prizes of the night. "Dear Evan Hansen," a surprise hit musical that chronicles the loneliness and pain of teen life, took home six awards total, including the best actor award for its star Ben Platt.

Bette Midler took home the award for best actress in a musical, while actors Kevin Klein and Laurie Metcalf won for their leading roles in a play.

First time host Kevin Spacey, most recently associated with his role as Frank Underwood on the TV drama "House of Cards," but who started his career on the live stage, put on various characters during the ceremony Sunday night. He opened with a performance as Evan Hansen, parodied the musical "Come From Away," and also did bits as President Underwood, Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton — the latter which made Ben Platt very uncomfortable.

The ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York also featured performances by the casts of all the best musical nominees.

Just one year since Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash musical "Hamilton" took home 11 awards — just short of the record 12, this year's Tony's were more widely shared among various plays and musicals.

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Several winners gave messages advocating for investment in the arts. Gavin Creel, winner of the award for best performance by a featured actor in a musical for "Hello, Dolly," thanked his teachers and encouraged ceremony attendees to create scholarships for future actors. Kevin Klein, winner of the Tony for lead actor in a play, thanked the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

During national Pride celebrations and on the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, there were also messages of social equity, and many dresses and lapels sported blue ACLU ribbons. Actress Cynthia Nixon was especially political, relating the story of her role as a member of a family trying to get rich to the current family in the White House. She offered a shout out to those who were resisting. "My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them," she said.

A complete list of winners and nominees is below. Winners are in bold.

Best Musical:

"Dear Evan Hansen"
"Come From Away"
"Groundhog Day The Musical"
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Best Play:

"Oslo"

"A Doll's House, Part 2"
"Indecent"
"Sweat"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:

Kevin Kline, "Present Laughter"

Denis Arndt, "Heisenberg"
Chris Cooper, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Corey Hawkins, "Six Degrees of Separation"
Jefferson Mays, "Oslo"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:

Laurie Metcalf, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Cate Blanchett, "The Present"
Jennifer Ehle, "Oslo"
Sally Field, "The Glass Menagerie"
Laura Linney, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:

Ben Platt, "Dear Evan Hansen"

Christian Borle, "Falsettos"
Josh Groban, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Andy Karl, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
David Hyde Pierce, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:


Bette Midler, "Hello, Dolly!"
Denee Benton, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Christine Ebersole, "War Paint"
Patti LuPone, "War Paint"
Eva Noblezada, "Miss Saigon"

Best Revival of a Play:

"August Wilson's Jitney"

"Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
"Present Laughter"
"Six Degrees of Separation"

Best Revival of a Musical:

"Hello, Dolly!"
"Falsettos"
"Miss Saigon"

Best Book of a Musical:

"Dear Evan Hansen," Steven Levenson

"Come From Away," Irene Sankoff and David Hein
"Groundhog Day The Musical," Danny Rubin
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812," Dave Malloy

Best Original Score:

"Dear Evan Hansen," Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
"Come From Away," Irene Sankoff and David Hein
"Groundhog Day The Musical," Tim Minchin
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812," Dave Malloy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:


Michael Aronov, "Oslo"
Danny DeVito, "Arthur Miller's The Price"
Nathan Lane, "The Front Page"
Richard Thomas, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
John Douglas Thompson, "August Wilson's Jitney"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:

Cynthia Nixon, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
Johanna Day, "Sweat"
Jayne Houdyshell, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Condola Rashad, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Michelle Wilson, "Sweat"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:


Gavin Creel, "Hello, Dolly!"

Mike Faist, "Dear Evan Hansen"
Andrew Rannells, "Falsettos"
Lucas Steele, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Brandon Uranowitz, "Falsettos"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:


Rachel Bay Jones, "Dear Evan Hansen"

Kate Baldwin, "Hello, Dolly!"
Stephanie J. Block, "Falsettos"
Jenn Colella, "Come From Away"
Mary Beth Peil, "Anastasia"

Best Scenic Design of a Play:

Nigel Hook, "The Play That Goes Wrong"
David Gallo, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Douglas W. Schmidt, "The Front Page"
Michael Yeargan, "Oslo"

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:


Mimi Lien, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Rob Howell, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
David Korins, "War Paint"
Santo Loquasto, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Costume Design of a Play:

Jane Greenwood, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Susan Hilferty, "Present Laughter"
Toni-Leslie James, "August Wilson's Jitney"
David Zinn, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Best Costume Design of a Musical:


Santo Loquasto, "Hello, Dolly!"


Linda Cho, "Anastasia"
Paloma Young, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Catherine Zuber, "War Paint"

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Christopher Akerlind, "Indecent"


Jane Cox, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Donald Holder, "Oslo"
Jennifer Tipton, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:


Bradley King, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Howell Binkley, "Come From Away"
Natasha Katz, "Hello, Dolly!"
Japhy Weideman, "Dear Evan Hansen"

Best Direction of a Play:

Rebecca Taichman, "Indecent"


Sam Gold, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Bartlett Sher, "Oslo"
Daniel Sullivan, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Best Direction of a Musical:


Christopher Ashley, "Come From Away"

Rachel Chavkin, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Michael Greif, "Dear Evan Hansen"
Matthew Warchus, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
Jerry Zaks, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Choreography:


Andy Blankenbuehler, "Bandstand"


Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
Kelly Devine, "Come From Away"
Denis Jones, "Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical"
Sam Pinkleton, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Best Orchestrations:


Alex Lacamoire, "Dear Evan Hansen"

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, "Bandstand"
Larry Hochman, "Hello, Dolly!"
Dave Malloy, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:


James Earl Jones

Special Tony Award:


Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, sound designers for "The Encounter"


Regional Theatre Tony Award:

Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas

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