The show won six of its nine nominations, including Best Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ben Platt). Meanwhile, Hello, Dolly! took home four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actress (Bette Midler).
Kevin Spacey hosted the show live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
With assistance from Stephen Colbert and Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey spoofed nominees Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 by singing about his inexperience as a host. During the Groundhog Day section, Goldberg stepped out of a closet in his bedroom. “Whoopi, how long have you been in that closet?” he asked, to which she replied, “Well, Kevin, it depends on who you ask.” Crystal (appearing on a video screen) later told him, “If all else fails, put on a dress.” The host dressed up as Norma Desmond (Glenn Close‘s character in the Sunset Boulevard revival) and joked about the long-running speculation regarding his sexual orientation. “I’m coming out,” the actor sang. “No, wait! No! No! No! No!”
With a mic in her hand and tiny red hat on her head, Rachel Bloom served as the backstage host, hobnobbing with Broadway’s biggest stars. “This honestly beats my wedding day!” she joked. In addition to fan-girling over Patti LuPone, she even mocked some of the acceptance speeches. After one o the winners thanked his alma matter, for example, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress said, “I’d like to add that I was waitlisted at Carnegie Mellon, but I’m not bitter about it!”