Midler ignores exit music during Tony Awards speech

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

The 71-year-old Broadway legend, who won Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Hello, Dolly!, was in the middle of delivering an epic thank-you speech when the orchestra began to warp her up. The musical's other honours were best orchestration, best book of a musical and best original score.

The play also garnered an award for Michael Aronov, who received the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Spacey talked about the show's accountants and said: "You guys do not have to worry about them tonight, at all".

Midler said her teachers took her "under their wing", encouraging her to enter speech competitions.

Bette Midler, a victor for Hello, Dolly! He singled out Ben Platt, who played the role of Evan Hansen in the Broadway musical "Dear Evan Hansen".

"Dear Evan Hansen" was named best musical and was the night's big victor with six awards in all.

She gave a four-minute acceptance speech that forced organisers to play music over the top in an attempt to drive her off stage.

Host Kevin Spacey managed to portray two USA leaders in one telecast - former president Bill Clinton and Frank Underwood, the fictional president he plays on Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards".

Another new USA production, "Oslo", that was inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Norwegian husband and wife diplomats behind the 1993 Oslo Accords won best play. Best Direction Of A Musical was scooped by Christopher Ashley for "Come From Away".

At last night's Tony Awards, Broadway passed the torch to a younger generation of stars.

The acidly amusing Kevin Kline was named best leading actor in a play for his performance in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, while Laurie Metcalf won best leading actress for her darkly comic work in A Doll's House Part 2. "Sex and the City" alumna Cynthia Nixon, who clearly enjoys returning to the theater, won featured actress for "The Little Foxes".

"I was really, really poor and she showed me there's another way, another way of life, and it was marvelous", Midler said. Host Kevin Spacey sang and danced a number of musical numbers. Songwriter Pasek made a statement following the Tony Awards ceremony, saying, "The show is about how lonely we all can feel and I think we want kids to know that loneliness or that sense of isolation is a temporary thing", reports Billboard.

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