2017 TONY Award Winners

by Kathy Eddy
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As the theater community celebrated the 2017 Tony Awards, the American Theatre Wing also took the opportunity to celebrate how theater inspires us all as artists, audience, students and citizens. Some of this year's Tony nominees talked about what the #TheatreInspires campaign means to them:

Here are recipients of the 2017 Tony Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

BEST PLAY
Oslo
(Written by J. T. Rogers, Oslo premiered Off-Broadway in June 2016 at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, a not-for-profit theatre. It later transferred within Lincoln Center to the Vivian Beaumont, a Broadway house in April 2017.) Oslo Video Clip

BEST MUSICAL
Dear Evan Hansen
(Written by Pasek & Paul, with the book by Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere in July 2015 at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC before an Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre in the spring of 2016 prior to moving to Broadway.) Dear Evan Hansen Video Clip

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
August Wilson's Jitney
(Written by August Wilson in 1979, Jitney only had its Broadway premiere in 2017. Up until then it was the only one of the 10 ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ plays not to have a Broadway run. It was first produced at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre, in Pittsburgh, PA in 1982. However, the 1996 Pittsburgh Public Theater production, with re-writes by Wilson, has been considered its professional premiere. Over the last 20 years there have been numerous productions by regional theatres as well as two Off-Broadway runs at both Second Stage Theatre and Union Square Theatre.) Jitney Video Clip

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Hello, Dolly!
(Written in 1964 with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick, winning a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a record held for 37 years. The show has had four Broadway revivals.) 

Be sure to also read about and see more videos for the other Tony Nominees  for Best Play and Best Musical that owe thanks to the regional and not-for-profit theaters across the country that developed them before they hit the Great White Way in: I Would Like To Thank...

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Steven Levenson for Dear Evan Hansen

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
Nigel Hook for The Play That Goes Wrong

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Mimi Lien for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Jane Greenwood for Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Santo Loquasto for Hello, Dolly!

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Christopher Akerlind for Indecent

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Bradley King for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Rebecca Taichman for Indecent

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley for Come From Away

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Andy Blankenbuehler for Bandstand

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
Alex Lacamoire for Dear Evan Hansen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Kevin Kline for Present Laughter

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Laurie Metcalf for A Doll's House, Part 2

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Ben Platt for Dear Evan Hansen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Bette Midler for Hello, Dolly!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Michael Aronov for Oslo

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon for Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel for Hello, Dolly!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Rachel Bay Jones for Dear Evan Hansen

Quick Overview:

Dear Evan Hansen – 6 awards  (9 nominations)
Hello, Dolly! – 4 awards  (10 nominations)
Indecent – 2 awards  (3 nominations)
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes – 2 awards  (6 nominations)
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 – 2 awards  (12 nominations)
Oslo – 2 awards  (7 nominations)
A Doll’s House, Part 2 – 1 awards  (8 nominations)
August Wilson’s Jitney – 1 awards  (6 nominations)
Bandstand – 1 award  (2 nominations)
Come From Away – 1 award  (7 nominations)
Present Laughter – 1 award  (3 nominations)
The Play That Goes Wrong – 1 award  (1 nomination)