Bette Midler Takes Them All, Wins Tony Award for "Hello, Dolly!"

by VVN Music

The amazing Bette Midler capped off the Broadway awards season on Sunday night by taking Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Hello, Dolly!

Midler took the stage and held court for almost five minutes, giving her acceptance speech over two separate playoff numbers, finally yelling "Shut that crap off!"

This win gives Midler the three big awards for New York theater, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk and the Tony for her role as Dolly Levy in one of the longest running musicals in theater history.

Hello, Dolly! also took the award for Best Musical Revival along with Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Creel) and Costume Design (Santo Loquasto).

Best Musical went to Dear Evan Hansen which also won the Best Actor in a Musical award for Ben Platt and Featured Actress for Rachel Bay Jones along with awards for Book, Original Score and Orchestrations.

Oslo was named Best Play and Jitney as Best Revival of a Play.

In the other acting categories, Kevin Kline took Leading Actor in a Play for Present Laughter while Laurie Metcalf won Leading Actress for A Doll's House, Part 2. Featured Roles in Plays went to Michael Aronov for Oslo and Cynthia Nixon for The Little Foxes.

A side note, one of the awards for the revival of Jitney went to co-producer John Legend who is now just an Emmy Award away from being the thirteenth person to accomplish the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Six additional people have won all four if special awards are counted.

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