Maeve McDermott gets the scoop from Broadway’s biggest stars on the red carpet at the 71st annual Tony Awards.
Dear Evan Hansen: You just had an epic Tonys night.
The youthful Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen won big at Sunday’s 71st annual Tony Awards, taking six honors, including best musical and lead actor in a musical for star Ben Platt. Hello, Dolly! snagged four Tonys, including best revival of a musical and lead actress for Bette Midler, while Oslo won best play.
Here’s a minute-by-minute (ET) breakdown of all the Tonys’ big moments:
11:08: Dear Evan Hansen ends its epic Tonys run by winning best musical. “At its core, our musical is about wanting to belong,” says producer Stacey Mindich. “It’s been an honor to belong to a season filled with such fantastic work.”
11:06: Hamilton honcho Lin-Manuel Miranda comes out to present the big prize of the night — best musical — but ends up meeting House of Cards star Kevin Spacey in full Frank Underwood mode: “I want to leave before Bette Midler thanks anyone else,” Spacey growls.
10:58: Hello, Bette! Midler takes the trophy for lead actress in a musical, her first competitive Emmy win. “I hope I don’t cry,” says the Hello, Dolly! star. She thanks Tony voters (“Many of whom I’ve dated”) and remarks that “this is the cherry on the cake.” She ends a four-minute rant with a tribute to her show: “It’s a classic, come and see it. It’s not just me!”
10:54:Dear Evan Hansen‘s Ben Platt conquers the field for lead actor in a musical and is very excited about it. “This is a Tony, hello!” he says. Musical theater “is everything I’ve ever wanted and where I belong.” He thanks his physical therapist “so I don’t become a hunchback” and also remarks he has the best parents. “Everyone always says that, but it’s true. I’ll fight you.”
10:47: Mark Hamill introduces the “In Memoriam” segment and first season American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini leads a stirring doo-wop rendition of Boyz II Men’s It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.
10:43: No shocker here: Hello, Dolly! takes best revival of a musical. Producer Scott Rudin first saw the show when he was 8 and “it was a life-changing evening. … This is the prime example of what a Golden Age musical is.”
10:42: Stephen Colbert comes out to present the award for best revival of a musical and gets in a shot at Donald Trump. He jokes that Miss Saigon is “the only pageant our president hasn’t walked in on.”