The stars come out at the Tony Awards

"Dear Evan Hansen" took home six statuettes at Sunday night's Tony Awards, including best musical.

Best leading actress in a musical: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

"There are people who eat the Earth and all the people on it, and there are all the people who just stand around and watch them do it", said Nixon, best-known for her role as Miranda in Sex and the City, quoting the playwright.

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

The man who won a Tony Award on Sunday for directing "Come From Away" says he believes the Newfoundlanders who inspired the musical can offer a lesson to his fellow Americans. "To all young people watching at home, don't waste any time trying to be like anybody else", he said, "because the things that make you odd are the things that make you powerful".

Its star Rachel Bay Jones took the Tony for best featured actress in a musical. He thanked, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Coming off their Oscar win for "La La Land", the duo said they were grateful to be back in the theater community again.

Don't mess with Bette - especially when she's just won an award.

. She won three Emmy Awards for her role as Jackie Harris on "Roseanne" and thanked her children.

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In one of the night's big surprises, Rebecca Taichman, who helped conceive of "Indecent" while she was a graduate student, won the Tony for best direction of a play.

"I'm so privileged, I'm so honoured". But the problem was also Kevin Spacey.

THE PERIL OF LEADING: After the Tony nominations in May, the smart money must have been on "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812", which had snapped up a leading 12 nods and looked strong in every category.

Spacey also poked fun at United States presidential candidate Hilary Clinton during the ceremony.

Another standout moment of the night was Stephen Colbert doing what he does best - finding a way to bash President Donald Trump. Spacey, as Clinton, joked about his wife's fake email accounts.

"The D.C. production is supposed to have a four-year run", he continued. The show was a frontrunner, only in contention with "Come From Away", a Canadian musical about a small town in Newfoundland that welcomed passengers stranded there on September 11th, which ended up being a quiet presence for the evening. He dedicated it to 9/11 first responders and all those who were generous on that awful day.

Then came the line that "nobody would ever think" Spacey would do. "I'm Broadway bound", he sang.

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