Broadway shows its age on Bette's big night out

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"To all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, because the things that make you odd are the things that make you powerful".

Midler's speech teacher, Myrna Ishimoto, took the then-14-year-old her to the first restaurant she'd ever experienced.

The actress lauded Hellman for her "eerily prescient play".

"The star-studded audience reacted with applause and cheers as Midler went on to say, "['Hello, Dolly!'] has the ability to lift your spirits in these bad, awful times".

In the end, "Dear Evan Hansen" won the Best Musical award and left "Come from Away" empty-handed.

Alex Lacamoire accepts the award for best orchestrations for "Dear Evan Hansen" at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in NY.

The win marks Platt's first Tony Award.

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Platt plays Evan Hansen, the lead character in the Broadway musical, "Dear Evan Hansen".

But to really show everyone what an incredible opening looks like, I'll give you my favorite one. It has a passionate following and triggered cheers whenever it was mentioned in Radio City Music Hall. Some non-white nominees, like set designer Mimi Lien and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, won trophies, and the cast of "Jitney" - mostly African-American - helped it win the revival Tony.

Kevin Kline picked up Best Leading Actor In A Play for his portrayal of a preening actor in a revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter. Andy Blankenbuehler won his second choreography Tony in as many years - last year for "Hamilton" and this time for "Bandstand".

Bette Midler won the Tony for the Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Hello, Dolly!

Rebecca Teichman won Best Director for "Indecent, which recounts the bumpy journey to Broadway of Shalom Asch's controversial Yiddish play "God of Vengeance".

The 71st Tony Awards, hosted by the indomitable Kevin Spacey, took place over the weekend and the big winners did not come as a surprise.

And he didn't leave USA politics behind for the evening - the star impersonated former United States president Bill Clinton and appeared on stage as his House of Cards character Frank Underwood. "Hello, Dolly!"- which didn't have a real performance on the show- is at number 22, followed by "The Great Comet". (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Right: Spacey impersonates President Bill Clinton.

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