People appear in the audience at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY. As the Divine Miss M thanked the cast of Hello, Dolly! Instead of glossing over the fact, the ceremony's entire opening number was built around it. "The right host has to be in charge of the show, ready to ad lib and save any moment...[and] if all else fails, put on a dress!"
He went on to make light of rumours about his own sexuality by dressing as Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond. "Your host is found!"
With her Tony win, Midler is only an Oscar win away from joining the coveted group of 12 entertainers to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, otherwise known as an EGOT.
Rachel Bay Jones, who plays Evan Hansen's mother in the show, won Best Featured Actress in a Musical. "When we were kids, we dreamed of having a home and a place for where we could belong, and theatre and cast albums were that thing for us", Pasek said.
Now that Hamilton has a national tour and has opened in theaters across the country, the cultural musical phenomenon has made some room on Broadway for another show to become the one that everyone's scrambling to see.
The 70-year-old actress, who delighted the audience at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night with her rambling speech that included a bleep for profanity, revealed her uber-producer Scott Rudin nagged her to take on the iconic role as socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi that certainly kept her on her feet. She had been expected to win, and she started off amusingly by thanking the Tony voters, "many of whom I've actually dated".
Groban, who lost out to Platt, said he'd been "pinching myself all night" at being a nominee, and being "part of this Broadway season that has been so vibrant and brilliant".
The Oscar victor, who scored his first Tony Award back in 1991, kicked off the show with an original number inspired by tracks from the Best Musical nominees Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and Come From Away, while he also donned a dress and turban to portray Sunset Boulevard's lead character, Norma Desmond.
Jonah also posted a photo of Platt's performance during the show, writing that his brother was "killin it".
Some shows, however, were completely disregarded for the evening.
The House Of Cards star, himself a Tony and double Oscar victor, tap-danced in a tuxedo, performed homages to top nominations and closed the show with a powerful duet.