June 11, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen won the award for Best New Musical at the Tony Awards in New York City on Sunday night, along with five other trophies, making it the big winner of the 2017 theater awards ceremony. Oslo, a drama about the 1993 Middle East peace talks, won Best New Play. Hello, Dolly! won the prize for Best Musical Revival, while its star, Bette Midler, won her second Tony. Dear Evan Hansen, starring Ben Platt and written by Steven Levenson with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is about a lonely 17-year-old outsider and the fallout when he makes up a friendship with a classmate who committed suicide. Kevin Spacey hosted the awards show. You can find the full list of winners at Variety. Peter Weber

June 7, 2015

Fun Home won the award for best musical at the 69th Tony Awards on Sunday night, and the musical also won for best leading actor, Michael Cerveris, and best director. The King and I won best revival, and netted the first Tony (after five previous nominations) for lead actress Kelli O'Hara. On the non-musical side, the big winner Sunday was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won best play and best leading actor for Alex Sharp. Helen Mirren won best leading actress in a play for her role in The Audience. You can find a full list of winners, plus some opinionated commentary, at The New York Times. Peter Weber

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