"'Oslo" takes Tony Award for best new play

Kevin Spacey and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen perform at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday in New York

Whether you're a Broadway aficionado or not, you may appreciate how Bette Midler handled herself on stage at last night's (June 11) 2017 Tony Awards, during her acceptance speech for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, based on her role in Hello, Dolly.

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

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Outside the world of song and dance, Lincoln Center Theater's Oslo won the award for best play, and ensemble member Michael Aronov was named best featured actor. Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all". She said, "This stage has the ability to lift your spirits in this bad, awful times-go see it".

Bette Midler, a victor for Hello, Dolly! The show won Best Musical, and Pasek and Paul won Best Score.

Josh Groban and the cast of "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" perform at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

NEW YORK•Dear Evan Hansen, a daringly unflinching exploration of loss, lies and loneliness in a high- school community, won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, completing its journey from improbable idea to theatrical triumph.

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It got pretty incredible from there where Kevin Spacey did a tap number and got us ready for the show that was about to come. When the orchestra tried to play her off, she didn't just speak over it - she shot back merrily: "Shut that crap off!"

Orlando Bloom presents the award for best revival of a play at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. Dressed as Glenn Close, who stars in that revival, Spacey sang, "I'm coming out." and then added, "Of makeup".

Kevin Kline picked up Best Leading Actor In A Play for his portrayal of a preening actor in a revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter.

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.

The singer, who shimmered in a silver sequined gown, called the show "one of the greatest professional experiences of my entire life" and gave thanks to make-up artist for making her "look 30 years younger".

Christopher Ashley paid tribute to the people of Newfoundland as he accepted his Tony for best director of a musical for "Come From Away". "Groundhog Day The Musical", the adaptation of the popular film, was nominated but took home no shiny statues.

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