"Dear Evan Hansen" was the big winner at the 2017 Tony Awards. The heartwrenching musical centered on a lonely, depressed high-school student at the center of a social-media storm won six awards, including best musical. Star Ben Platt won for lead actor in a musical.
Among the other acting winners were Bette Midler, who won her very first Tony Award, Kevin Kline, Cynthia Nixon and Laurie Metcalf.
August Wilson's "Jitney" captured the Tony for best revival of a play, while "Hello, Dolly!" scored in the best musical revival category. Best play went to J.T. Rogers' "Oslo."
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In arguably tightest race at the Tony Awards this year, Laurie Metcalf has won lead actress in a play for her master-class of comedy in "A Doll's House, Part 2," edging out Laura Linney, Sally Field and Cate Blanchett.
With a single facial expression or subtle shift in body position, Metcalf has Broadway audiences erupting in laughter as Nora Helmer, the Henrik Ibsen character brought back to life by playwright Lucas Hnath. Times theater critic Charles McNulty said "A Doll's House, Part 2" lets Metcalf unleash her acting sorcery, showing her mastery at shifting between "fearless extremes."
This is Metcalf's first win after three previous nominations: lead actress in 2016 for "Misery," lead actress in 2013 for "The Other Place" and featured actress in 2008 for "November."
The other nominees in this category were:
- Cate Blanchett, “The Present”
- Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
- Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”
- Laura Linney, “The Little Foxes”