"Dear Evan Hansen", starring 23-year-old Ben Platt in a breakout - and knockout - performance, took six awards Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall, including best musical and best actor for Platt.
Midler, who won the Best Actress in a Musical award for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!
United Kingdom star Cynthia Erivo, who won the Tony for best performance by a lead actress previous year, returned to present an award alongside John Legend.
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Laurie Metcalf, who has previously been the sole nominee from her production three times at the Tonys, won Best Actress (Play) this year for "A Doll's House, Part 2".
"Midler beat out Patti LuPone ("War Paint"), Christine Ebersole ("War Paint"), Denée Benton ("Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812") and Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon").
Evan Hansen, the story of a high schooler wracked by confusion and loneliness, won as best new musical.
"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg joined Spacey onstage to offer him advice about helming the show, and the duo engaged in tongue-in-cheek banter with a nod to Newfoundland.
James Earl Jones received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement, though strangely it was presented in a pre-show ceremony rather than on the telecast itself.
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When asked if Francona was still cleared to eat hot dogs, he joked, "I hope so, I just ate two and don't plan on being done". Bench coach Brad Mills took questions in his place. "Put him in some better counts, keep the pitch count down".
When the orchestra began to play her off as she spoke on stage she told them: "Shut that crap off".
It takes real bravado to even attempt to shoo off Bette Midler when she's winning her first competitive Tony.
Midler then went on to thank her many female role models before expressing gratitude for a whole host of others.
Best Play was won by Oslo, while a Tony went to August Wilson's Jitney for Best Revival of a Play. She had been expected to win, and she started off amusingly by thanking the Tony voters, "many of whom I've actually dated". Not only was it extremely longer than most award show speeches, but she also said some of the most hilarious one-liners while accepting her first-ever Tony win for acting.
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Kohli's cool temperament has often been seen to good effect in many a run chase, a quality which could yet prove useful today. He added: "You have to be close to reality". 'If you make the finals, you've played readlly good cricket, he said.