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Local man wins Tony Award for work on "Hello Dolly!"

12 June 2017

Dear Evan Hansen picked up six Tonys in all, including one for Platt. "To all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody else", he said, "because the things that make you unusual are the things that make you powerful".

"Dear Evan Hansen" star Ben Platt, 23, is the youngest sole victor for Best Actor (Musical); teens David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, & Kiril Kulish shared in the award for "Billy Elliot" in 2009.

"Hello Dolly" not only snagged Bette Midler a Tony - it helped her shed 30 pounds too.

Midler then went on to thank her many female role models before expressing gratitude for a whole host of others.

Broadway enjoyed a record-breaking season thanks to last year's Tony victor, pop culture juggernaut "Hamilton", and musicals like "Hello, Dolly!" and "Come From Away", which won a Tony for director Christopher Ashley.

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A local man took home an award for "Best Costume Design" for his work on "Hello Dolly".

"Come From Away" is set in the remote East Coast town in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

The other nominees in the Best Actress category were Denée Benton for "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812", Christine Ebersole for "War Paint", Patti LuPone for "War Paint" and Eva Noblezada for "Miss Saigon".

Everyone from fans to fellow Broadway stars and critics have hailed Dear Evan Hansen for giving teen issues like suicide, anxiety and bullying a voice.

Laurie Metcalf, who has previously been the sole nominee from her production three times at the Tonys, won Best Actress (Play) this year for "A Doll's House, Part 2". "I'm old!" she tweeted.

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Kevin Klein, who won the Tony for leading actor in a play for "Present Laughter" mixed his thanks with a shout out for the National Endowment for the Arts, which the Trump administration wants to shut down. Rebecca Taichman won best directing play honors for "Indecent."Am I dreaming?"

Sweat", the play written by Lynn Nottage and inspired by Reading, failed to win either of the two prizes for which it was nominated: "best featured actress and best play.

Bette noted the recent political climate in the USA, along with the tragedies now facing people around the world.

A play inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Norwegian husband and wife diplomats behind the 1993 Oslo Accords was crowned best play on New York's Broadway Sunday at the Tony Awards.

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