On June 11th, the best and the brightest on Broadway got together to celebrate the best of the 2016-2017 season. What is often considered a theatre kid’s Christmas was a beautiful show filled with beautiful performances, beautiful presentations, and beautiful people. Here’s a closer look on this years musical winners:
Best Musical- Dear Evan Hansen. Yes!! This show has been from Washington, to Second City, to finally Broadway! The musical takes place in a suburb and focuses on what happens when anxious teenager Evan Hansen gets wrapped up in a lie about his forged friendship with Connor Murphy, a teen who has recently committed suicide. With a book, score, and cast to die for, there was not a dry eye in the room (or at least my tony viewing room).
Best Revival of a Musical- Hello, Dolly! Starring diva Bette Midler, many had predicted that the revival would take home the award. While the two other nominated revivals, Miss Saigon and Falsettos, were absolutely magnificent, this show with a stellar cast won the award.
Best Actor in a Musical- Ben Platt. Was there any doubt that the Dear Evan Hansen star wouldn’t win best actor? Ben has been with the show since the beginning, and has worked so hard at this role to the point where he has had to get a physical therapist because he has started to truly become Evan Hansen, adopting his stutter and hunch. His voice is absolutely stellar and brought many people to tears during his performance of Waving Through a Window earlier that night.
Best Actress in a Musical- Bette Midler. Like many thought would happen, legend Bette Midler took home the award. Probably the most memorable part of her win, she refused to stop her speech and went on for five minutes in her speech.
Best Featured Actor in a Musical- Gavin Creel. Gavin Creel, who was recently seen in She Loves Me last season, was honored for his performance in Hello, Dolly! for playing the iconic Cornelius Hackl. A surprise win was his first Tony win after 2 previous nominations.
Best Featured Actress in a Musical- Rachel Bay Jones. RBJ, your mom, my mom, Evan Hansen’s mom, her own child’s mom, and now a Tony winner. If you’ve heard her ballad So Big/So Small from act 2 of Dear Evan Hansen, you know that she is an absolute heart breaker in the show. Looking absolutely stunning last night, she finally took home a well deserved Tony.
Best Choreography- Andy Blankenbuehler- Who can resist some Blankenbuehler choreography?!?! In the fun, new show Bandstand, he has created beautiful choreo full of something that’s my persona; favorite, LIFTS! This is his 3rd Tony Award, and 2nd one in a row.
Best Score- Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. Featuring the iconic Waving Through a Window and the heartbreaking Words Fail, this win was more than deserved for the Dear Evan Hansen duo. And fun fact, because of their Tony for this show and their Oscar for La La Land, all they need is a Grammy (which is in their grasp for best musical theatre cast album) and an Emmy and they’ll be the youngest people to EGOT!
Best Book- Steven Levenson. This famous playwright won his first Tony for Dear Evan Hansen! This book is so beautiful, it’s almost expected that Steven would come home with the award.
Best Direction- Christopher Ashley. I guess you could say Come From Away CAME AWAY with a Tony! The tuner inspired by the events in Gander after tragedy struck on 9/11. This show is so moving and I couldn’t be more happy for Christopher’s win last night.
Best Costume- Santo Laquasto. Hello, Dolly! Hello, Tony! The exquisite and fabulous costumes from the revival garnered Mr. Laquasto a Tony.
Best Orchestrations- Alex Lacamoire. Dear Evan Hansen is full of beautiful music, and no one can disagree that Alex Lacamoire is a fan favorite. This is his 3rd Tony, all for Best Orchestrations.
Best Scenic Design- Mimi Lien. Was there anyway this visual masterpiece would lose best scenic design? This set is innovative, new, and absolutely gorgeous.
Best Lighting Design- Bradley King. Well lit, and well won. With 1,950 lightning cues, 37 chandeliers, and more this show has a beautiful lighting design, and a well deserved tony to show it off.
So that’s it! This year was so highly competitive, it’s a miracle we made it out alive.