Play inspired by Mideast peace talks wins in NY

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Bette Middler circa 1970

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Bette Midler praised the Broadway community after she won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award Sunday night for her performance in the revival of Hello, Dolly! And the show's star Ben Platt, who is 23 years old, took home the Tony for leading actor in a musical.

In fact, in 1979, Midler lost an Oscar to "Norma Rae" actress Sally Field, who, this year, was also nominated for a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for her role in "The Glass Menagerie".

Bette Midler won her very first award in an acting category at the 2017 Tony Awards for her fantastic performance in "Hello, Dolly".

A who's who of the world's best actors have taken aim at Donald Trump during a series of politically charged speeches at the Tony Awards, which celebrate the best Broadway productions.

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.

Now their soundtrack for "Dear Evan Hansen" has soared to number after the Tony Awards win last night.

Britons were awarded with some of the smaller prizes on the night with Nigel Hook winning best scenic designer and Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin winning a special award for sound design. (The final Best Musical nominee, Groundhog Day, went home empty-handed). Her work in the revival of "Hello, Dolly" has led to millions of dollars in pre-sale tickets (and therefore also no surprise it also banked the Best Revival of a Musical award).

It got pretty incredible from there where Kevin Spacey did a tap number and got us ready for the show that was about to come.

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL Hello, Dolly! Stephen Colbert made an appearance to cheer Spacey on. We stand corrected: Spacey can be a song-and-dance man.

In all the pandemonium tonight I neglected to thank the brilliant ensemble of "Hello Dolly", whom I adore", the singer tweeted after the show, adding: "Please forgive me kids!

Broadway enjoyed a record-breaking season this year thanks to last year's Tony victor and pop culture juggernauts "Hamilton", and musicals like "Sunset Boulevard", starring Glenn Close, and "Hello Dolly", with Bette Milder.

In his acceptance speech, Ashley paid tribute to his own creative team and the real-life residents who inspired the inspiring musical.

The married Canadian co-creators of "Come From Away" say their hearts were with the people of Gander, N.L., as the hit homegrown musical was honoured at the Tony Awards.

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