The show's breakout star, Ben Platt, won the award for best leading actor in a musical for his portrayal of the title character.
Kevin Spacey hosted the show.
In his acceptance speech last night, Platt summed up the importance of the musical, his role and the larger conversation Dear Evan Hansen has created around mental health in a very quotable few words: "Don't waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, because the things that make you unusual are the things that make you powerful". The show was a frontrunner, only in contention with "Come From Away", a Canadian musical about a small town in Newfoundland that welcomed passengers stranded there on September 11th, which ended up being a quiet presence for the evening. Surprising no one, Midler kept doling out thanks, even waving her hand with an annoyed "shut that crap off" at one point.
Manhattan Theater Club had a great night: its winter production of August Wilson's Jitney was named best revival of a play, while Cynthia Nixon, star of its current revival of The Little Foxes, won the award for featured actress in a play. "Come From Away" also lost out in the lighting design and choreography categories.
The young winners gave gracious and thoughtul speeches-a lesson that Bette Midler might have followed when she got the Tony for leading actress for Hello, Dolly! . Also recognized was the late August Wilson, whose "Jitney" was called the Best Revival of a Play. When Midler last took home a special Tony here, more than 40 years ago, she was determined to make the most of her moment by getting bleeped and refusing to be played off the stage.
A note to future awards shows that want to play Bette Midler off during an acceptance speech: don't try it. "Groundhog Day The Musical", the adaptation of the popular film, was nominated but took home no shiny statues. Actor Michael Aronov won the Tony for best actor in a featured role in the play.
Well, as the saying goes, all the world's a stage, and everyone's a critic.
"Midler beat out Patti LuPone ("War Paint"), Christine Ebersole ("War Paint"), Denée Benton ("Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812") and Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon").