She concluded: "Bette Midler for president". Producers tried on Sunday - and failed miserably. This year the Tony voters spread the wealth around, calling "Hello Dolly" the best musical revival, and honoring its star Bette Midler.
Midler took the best actress trophy and-to the amusement and cheers of the audience-refused to be played off, forcing the swelling orchestra into silence. The orchestra went wisely silent.
Another Olivier-winning performer, Gavin Creel (Best Actor in a Musical for The Book Of Mormon in 2014), won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Hello, Dolly!, while British sound designers Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin, masterminds behind the aurally immersive technology of Simon McBurney and Complicite's one-man play The Encounter, collected a Special Tony Award for their ground-breaking work. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Right: Spacey impersonates President Bill Clinton.
Kevin Kline accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for "Present Laughter" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.
Spacey, as Underwood, ended the night with a jab at Midler.
Kevin Spacey performs at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. It's been a good season for the duo, who also won an Oscar for their hit song "City of Stars" in the movie La La Land. Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all", he said.
Rounding off her whopping 5-minute long list of thank you's and shameless promo for the musical, the acting legend humbly dedicated her award to 'all the people that came before me'.
After the Tony nominations in May, the smart money must have been on "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812", which had snapped up a leading 12 nods and looked strong in every category. She had opted not to sing during the show, so maybe she thought she deserved extra time. The musical, lifted from Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace", won just two technical awards on Sunday.
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.