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Tony winners: Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! sweep

Another new USA production, “Oslo”, that was inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Norwegian husband and wife diplomats behind the 1993 Oslo Accords won best play.He also mimicked Bill Clinton during the 71st annual Broadway awards at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.Instead, the night belonged to “Dear Evan Hansen”, a show that centers on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who fabricates a prior friendship with a classmate who has just committed suicide. The musical also won the most prestigious award of the night, Best Musical.Midler, who won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!The other big victor on the musical side was the blockbuster revival of Hello Dolly, which won four awards, including best revival of a musical, best featured actor (Gavin Creel) and best costumes.Rebecca Teichman won Best Director for “Indecent, which recounts the bumpy journey to Broadway of Shalom Asch’s controversial Yiddish play “God of Vengeance”.Laurie Metcalf won best actress for “A Doll’s House, Part 2″, while Oscar-winner Kevin Kline took home a leading actor Tony for “Present Laughter”.Dear Evan Hansen, a production about an outcast high school student desperate for acceptance from his peers, was the most awarded and nominated play. The musical is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Steven Levenson. When they attempted to play her off, she told the sound crew to “turn that crap off!”On her 21st nomination, costume designer Jane Greenwood (“The Little Foxes”) finally won her first competitive Tony.Best play went to Oslo, a three-hour show about diplomatic meetings between Israel and Palestine which will head to London in September.Spacey even had fun with rumors about his sexual orientation while singing the Andrew Lloyd Webber song “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard”.But while her win for the lead role in Hello, Dolly! is pretty incredible in itself, the 71-year old’s acceptance speech is better still.The New York Times deemed it an “uneven night”, and Variety said Spacey “fell flat”, while the Los Angeles Times said Spacey was “sweet, corny and touching”.The complete list of 2017 winners is here. And Spacy came out in his House of Cards personna as President Francis Underwood, with his TV wife Robin Wright at his side, to give it to him. Also recognized was the late August Wilson, whose “Jitney” was called the Best Revival of a Play.