12 June, 2017
Former Roseanne star Metcalf won best lead actress in a play for her role in A Doll's House, Part 2.
TWO PRESIDENTS: Host Kevin Spacey managed to portray two US leaders in one telecast - former president Bill Clinton and Frank Underwood, the fictional president he plays on Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards".
FEATURE IMAGE: Christopher Ashley poses in the press room with the award for best direction of a musical for Come From Away at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.
But Bette Midler won't be singing anything after talks failed to land the "Hello, Dolly!" diva.
Kevin Kline, victor for leading actor in a play for "Present Laughter", called out in his thank-yous the National Endowment for the Arts, which has been threatened with losing its federal funding under the Trump administration. Last year, all eyes were on how many statuettes "Hamilton" would capture.
The comedy has zings for Democrats and Republicans, with Stephen Colbert due to mock President Donald Trump, a Republican, as if he were a show from Washington with a huge hair and makeup budget that will be "closing early".
Spacey, who emerged as Tony host after several other celebrities turned the job down, laughs at himself in the 10-minute opening song, in which he grows comfortable with hosting duties as he connects all four best new musical nominees. "This has the ability to lift your spirits in these awful, bad times", she said of her show.
The actress gave a hilarious speech littered with bleeped out words before telling the orchestra playing her off the stage to "shut that crap off".
The Rockettes arrived to dance with the cast of "Come From Away", a feel-good Canadian musical set against the horror of 9/11. Its success prompted a movie adaptation in 1969 starring Barbra Streisand that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and won three Oscars out of seven nominations: Best Art Direction, Best Sound, and Best Score of a Musical (Original or Adaptation).
Lynne Meadow, artistic director of the Manhattan Theater Club, hailed the legacy of playwright August Wilson as she accepted the trophy for best revival of a play for Wilson's "Jitney".
Then Spacey led a line of high-kicking, tap dancers in a top hat, a white tie, tuxedo and a cane. To the tune of the show's anthem "You Will Be Found", the House of Cards star brushes off naysayers, critics, and mean tweets, asserting that he is indeed "Broadway-bound". And Gavin Creel won his first Tony for featured actor in a musical in Bette Midler's big return to Broadway in "Hello, Dolly!". After the hectic number, he requested that his cardiologist be nearby.