Tony Awards 2017: 'Hello Dolly!,' 'Dear Evan Hansen' Up for Top Honors

Kevin Spacey kicked off his first-ever Tony Award hosting gig with grace and self-deprecating wit, dancing, singing and joking his way through an opening number that linked all four best new musical nominees and doing his best Glenn Close impersonation.

Best Revival of a Musical: "Hello, Dolly!".

The ceremony, at Radio City Music Hall here, was hosted by Kevin Spacey, who generally stayed away from politics, instead choosing to make fun of his own status as a late-in- the-game and unexpected choice as host.

Michael Aronov was a surprise victor in the featured actor category for his kinetic performance as an Israeli negotiator in "Oslo", a behind-the-scenes look at the 1993 Middle East peace accords.

"80 years ago [Hellman] wrote, 'there are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it and other people who just stand around and watch them do it, '" said Nixon.

On stage she praised the old-school musical as a balm for "these bad, awful times".

"Am I dreaming? Is this some kind of insane dream?" she asked.

After David Hyde Pierce performed "Penny in My Pocket" from "Hello, Dolly!", the nominated musical revival in which he stars with Midler, she emerged to present the lead actress in a play award.

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THANKS, NANA-Jones, who won for her complex portrayal of a mom of a troubled teen in "Dear Evan Hansen", gave a shout-out to her grandmother. Still later, Spacey impersonated former President Bill Clinton, joking about Hillary's fake email accounts, and observing, "We already had some surprising winners haven't we?"

Best Revival of a Play: "August Wilson's Jitney".

Midler, 71, is all-but-assured of winning her first competitive Tony later on Sunday for her star turn in "Hello, Dolly!".

The comedy has zings for Democrats and Republicans, with Stephen Colbert due to mock President Donald Trump, a Republican, as if he were a show from Washington with a huge hair and makeup budget that will be "closing early". Andy Blankenbuehler won his second choreography Tony in as many years - last year for "Hamilton" and this time for "Bandstand".

The leading musical Tony nominees on Sunday are "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" with 12 nominations, "Dear Evan Hansen" with nine and "Hello, Dolly!" with 10.

"It's such a great season for musicals", said Astrid Van Wieren, who stars in "Come From Away", a show based on real events about how a Canadian town opened its arms to stranded people on September 11, 2001. The production did manage to beat out "Dear Evan Hansen" in one key category, earning best director for Christopher Ashley.

Then Spacey led a line of high-kicking, tap dancers in a top hat, a white tie, tuxedo and a cane.

"Oh my goodness-I can't believe how many Broadway people do that eight times a week", he said, after the number. Spacey, dressed as Close, sang "I'm coming out..." and then paused, tantalizingly. "Your next host is found". They'll also be keeping their fingers crossed that they avoid any technical or human snafus that have marred previous awards shows this year, including the wrong victor announced at the Oscars and sound issues at the Grammys.

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