Outsiders make good as 'Dear Evan Hansen' wins big at Tonys

(In a new touch, all four playwrights personally introduced their work). The show won four Tonys, including revival of a musical, featured actor Gavin Creel, and for costume. And best director of a musical went to Christopher Ashley of Come From Away, the crowd-pleasing show about the people of Gander, Newfoundland, who sheltered thousands of stranded airline passengers on September 11.

Denee Benton was nominated for her role in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.

It was clearly Evan Hansen's night.

The musical won six Tonys, the most of any show this year.

Jones spoke of her many lean years in the business, and thanked her "Nana" for selling her engagement ring so she could come to NY and pursue her dreams.

Field, who was nominated for best actress in a play for her role in "Glass Menagerie", has been outspoken about President Trump since his inauguration, including a rally in NY the day before.

Kline made a point of thanking the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, two organizations whose federal funding is threatened under President Donald Trump's administration.

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"My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it". Making his Broadway debut, DeVito was favored as a slippery furniture salesman in the revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price".

Also among the night's big winners was Bette Midler for "Hello, Dolly!" and the drama "Oslo", a three-hour play about the Middle East peace accords.

Lacamoire wasn't the only Hamilton alum to make a return to the awards podium - after winning best chorography last year for that musical, Andy Blankenbuehler did it again this year with his latest effort, Bandstand.

Stephen Colbert was on hand to present the trophy for revival of a musical.

"I'm coming out", he sang in a black and gold dress, before adding: "Wait, no, wait".

Bette Midler kicked off her acceptance speech rather innocently, by telling Tony Awards voters that she was "so privileged" and "so honored" to be holding her first-ever non-special Tony award. The official Tonys after-party brought attendees to the nearby Plaza Hotel, where Josh Groban was spotted chatting with Keegan-Michael Key, Vice President Biden snapped photos with guests, and another political figure - Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson - chatted with a young fan of the musical.

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