Dear Evan Hansen, a touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest—winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book, and top actor honors for Ben Platt. The show came into the night as the second-leading Tony nominee but ended up on top, with a revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler next with four Tonys, the AP reports. Oslo, a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, was named best play. Midler took the best actress trophy and—to the cheers of the audience—refused to be played off, forcing the orchestra into silence. "This has the ability to lift your spirits in these terrible, terrible times," she said of her show.
Kevin Spacey kicked off his first-ever Tony Award hosting gig with grace and self-deprecating wit. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 had 12 nominations, but that musical, which dramatizes a 70-page slice of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, stalled after winning two technical awards. Instead, the night belonged to Dear Evan Hansen, which focuses on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who fabricates a prior friendship with a classmate who has just committed suicide. Platt thanked his castmates, crew, and family. He had this inspiring message to young people out there: "The things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful." Click for a full list of winners. (Read more Tony Awards stories.)