The stars come out at the Tony Awards

The stars come out at the Tony Awards

The stars come out at the Tony Awards

The surprise hit musical won a total of six Tonys, including best musical actor for 23 year-old newcomer Ben Platt, featured actress Rachel Bay Jones, as well as best book, score and orchestrations. It also won best score for its young composers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, already Oscar winners for the movie "La La Land".

New York, Jun 12 "Dear Evan Hansen", a daringly unflinching exploration of loss, lies and loneliness in a high school community, won the 2017 Tony Award for the best musical. He had this inspiring message to young people out there: "The things that make you unusual are the things that make you powerful".

Midler took the best actress trophy and - to the amusement and cheers of the audience - refused to be played off, forcing the swelling orchestra into silence. It has a passionate following and is triggering cheers whenever it is mentioned in Radio City Music Hall. His Frank Underwood from "House of Cards" made a late appearance, striding onto the stage with his TV wife played by Robin Wright.

Unlike previous year, when "Hamilton" dominated the show and won 11 Tonys, the wealth was spread out this time.

As widely predicted, Bette Midler won her first competitive Tony as best actress in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!". And best director of a musical went to Christopher Ashley of "Come From Away", the crowd-pleasing show about the people of Gander, Newfoundland, who sheltered thousands of stranded airline passengers on September 11.

"Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812", the most nominated show of the season, won just two awards, for set and lighting design.

It was clearly Evan Hansen's night.

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

"Am I dreaming? Is this some kind of insane dream?" she asked.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Kevin Kline, "Present Laughter". Rebecca Taichman won best directing play honors for "Indecent".

"Oslo" playwright Rogers, making his Broadway debut, thanked "The ladies and gentlemen who believed in democracy, who believed in peace, who believed in seeing their enemies as humans, I give this up to you".

Nixon was named best featured actress in a play for a revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes", about a greedy southern family's underhanded business practices.

"Eighty years ago, she wrote, 'There are people who eat he Earth and eat all the people on it, and other people who just stand around and watch them do it.' 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 do it", Nixon said.

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