Tony Awards on Sunday take place under 'Hamilton' shadow


"Dear Evan Hansen", the emotionally charged and wholly original musical about a troubled high school student whose very human travails explode over the heartless channels of social media, emerged triumphant at the 71st annual Tony Awards Sunday at the Radio City Music Hall in NY.

Those watching will see musical numbers from nine new and revival musicals, including "Bandstand", "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen", "Falsettos", "Groundhog Day The Musical", "Miss Saigon", Josh Groban and the cast of "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812", "Hello, Dolly!" and "War Paint".

Loquasto has been nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Costume Design of a Musical for his work on "Hello, Dolly!".

"It has been suggested that I just go selfie-crazy during the commercial breaks". He won Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1991 for his performance in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers.

Best costume design of a musical: Santo Loquasto for "Hello, Dolly!". In "Dear Evan Hansen", she plays the title character's hard-working mother, Heidi, a role she created off-Broadway.

Broadway casting directors plan to ramp up their campaign for a union contract by staging a protest at the Tony Awards show at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.

Ben Platt in “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Ben Platt in “Dear Evan Hansen.”

"Dear Evan Hansen", the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, became very popular as the Tony Awards reached its midpoint on Sunday, winning statuettes for best book, score, orchestrations and best featured actress.

Cate Blanchett and Tim Minchin have been left empty handed after being nominated for gongs at the Tony Awards in NY. "I'm Broadway bound", he sang.

Nixon was named best featured actress in a play for a revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," about a greedy southern family's underhanded business practices. And in a production in which every cast member was nominated, it would be gratifying if she and Condola Rashad (who plays Nora's daughter with a magnificently ambivalent grace) would be rewarded for their superlative work. The show's Tony performance was introduced by Ron Duguay, the retired Canadian ice-hockey star whose presence was indicative of the show's populist support north of the border.

Spacey also surprised the audience by appearing onstage as former President Clinton.

Here's everything you need to know about the star-studded event, including how to watch, who will be performing and which actors are up for the top awards this year. The show will air live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. EST. "So all the actors and producers will be coming out of our skins at that show".

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