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Amazing!: Bette Midler’s Tony Awards Speech Was Literally Everything

Midler said she had a “very tough schedule” but the experience had been “life-affirming and life-changing”.Scott Rudin, center, Bette Midler, foreground right, and the cast of “Hello, Dolly!” accept the award for best revival of a musical at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. Also, not surprisingly, Midler took home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for a Musical.This year’s TV audience marked a more than 30 per cent drop from 2016’s television audience of 8.7 million viewers – a 15-year high for the annual awards show celebrating the best of American theatre.Ben Platt, the victor for best actor in a musical for “Dear Evan Hansen”, didn’t lose the chance to preach to the “Snapchat generation”.The acting mogul was thrilled to pick up her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! and celebrated with an extremely long speech.”Within minutes of Bette Midler’s acceptance speech, I received a call from Carol Channing (having received a call from Tommy Tune) asking me to not only congratulate Bette on social media for her, but to thank her for the heartfelt shout out to she and all the Dollys before her”, Boll wrote.The show also lost out on the best lighting design of a musical award to Bradley King of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812″.Laurie Metcalf accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for “A Doll’s House, Part 2″ at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.Laurie Metcalf won the award for best actress in a play for A Doll’s House Part Two and Kevin Kline won for best actor in a play for Present Laughter.Rebecca Taichman was a surprise upset in the best director category, which she won for the show “Indecent”.This is not Bette’s first Tony.Host Kevin Spacey’s opening medley “I’m Broadway bound” featured music from the nominated shows with lyrics altered to fit his persona. Spacey now plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards”.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom helped Spacey out with commercial lead-ins and fun zingers-after one performance, she said she was “approaching orgasm”.