The 71st Annual Tony Awards: Highlights, Winners, and Best Dressed

Fellow thespian-obsessors, you get it.
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If you're friends with me on Snapchat (@annaburbano, FYI) or Twitter, you were probably bombarded with a series of overemotional, exclamation point-heavy commentary of the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

I'm a celebrity fangirl at heart, but as a longtime thespian and ardent musical theater lover, the Tony Awards make me squeal and gush more than most anything in this world.

And, let me tell you, this year's Tony Awards had enough wow potential to floor me till the next show. Ben Platt! Bette Midler! Josh Groban! Kevin Spacey! (Who knew Frank Underwood would sing and tap dance?!)

If you were unlucky enough to miss the 71st Annual Tony Awards, or you just want a fun recap of the night's events, keep reading for the show's highlights, award winners, and best red carpet looks!

Highlights:

Winners:

Musicals:

  • Best: Dear Evan Hansen
  • Leading Actor: Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Leading Actress: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
  • Featured Actor: Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
  • Featured Actress: Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Book: Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson
  • Original Score: Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • Scenic Design: Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812
  • Costume Design: Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
  • Lighting Design: Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
  • Direction: Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
  • Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
  • Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen

The clear winner of the night was Dear Evan Hansen, which snagged six Tony awards from a total of nine nominations!

Plays:

  • Best: Jitney
  • Leading Actor: Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
  • Leading Actress: Laurie Metcalf, A Doll's House, Part 2
  • Featured Actor: Michael Aronov, Oslo
  • Featured Actress: Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes
  • Scenic Design: Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
  • Costume Design: Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes
  • Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
  • Direction: Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Both The Little Foxes and Indecent did well, scoring two Tony wins each!

Special Awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: James Earl Jones
  • Special Tony Award: Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, sound designers for The Encounter
  • Regional Theater Tony Award: Dallas Theater Center, Dallas
  • Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Baayork Lee
  • Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater: Nina Lannan, Alan Wasser

Sadly, only a sliver of James Earl Jones' acceptance speech was featured this awards show. The full speech is available on Youtube, however!

Best Dressed:

Scarlett Johansson

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We all know Scarlett Johansson would look drop dead gorgeous in a potato sack, but don't you just love this belted two-piece ensemble?

Bette Midler

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Here's Tony winner Bette Midler rocking the OG witchy woman look. (And posing like a boss, too!)

Allison Janney

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Seven-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Allison Janney wearing a sexy, red showstopper gown. (Can we all look this good at 57?)

Laura Osnes

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We're just loving Bandstand star Laura Osnes' sleek red carpet gown!

Rachel Bay Jones

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Three looks for the price of one! Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones looks so radiant and beautiful alongside her picture-perfect family.

Thoughts?

What did you think of this year's Tony Awards? Were you rooting for any particular musicals or performers? Do you feel satisfied with the show's results? Why or why not?

Comment below, fellow thespians and thespian lovers!

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