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Midler ignores exit music during Tony Awards speech

And he didn't leave United States politics behind for the evening - the star impersonated former U.S. president Bill Clinton and appeared on stage as his House of Cards character Frank Underwood.

LOS ANGELES Some six million Americans watched the Tony Awards on television on Sunday, down sharply from last year's televised ceremony when pop culture juggernaut "Hamilton" dominated the show. "Now if someone will please find my cardiologist". Have you ever seen a play or a musical?

Spacey, who was named Tony host after several other celebrities turned down the job, laughed at himself in the 10-minute opening song, in which he gradually grew comfortable with hosting duties despite what he fears will be nasty tweets directed at him. Spacey remarked, prompting Goldberg to respond, "Well, Kevin, it depends on who you ask!"

But his moment as Norma Desmond worked. Spacey, dressed as Close, sang "I'm coming out." and then paused, tantalizingly. It was clear once Spacey began speaking that he was impersonating Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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

"I'd like to thank the Tony voters, many of whom I've actually dated", Midler told the laughing crowd.

"Now, between you and me, you might be a better singer".

And we'll say once again, we're not all that surprised.

The Dear Evan Hansen star took home the coveted award for best actor in a musical on Sunday at the Tony Awards - and his family couldn't have been more excited.

After saying she was "very, very grateful" to win the award and is "having the time of my life", Midler revealed that, prior to rehearsals, she sought advice from Broadway's original Dolly Levi, Carol Channing (and Channing's son), as well as Marge Champion, the widow of original choreographer Gower Champion. Midler's rambling acceptance speech, in which she literally ordered the orchestra not to play her off, was a show highlight.

Once the music stopped, Midler continued her speech.

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".

Bette Midler won best actress in a musical while an edgy new tale of millennial angst scooped six awards including best musical at Broadway's equivalent of the Oscars for United States theater.

J.T. Rogers with Best Play award for Oslo.

David Hyde Pierce, best known for his work on the TV show Frasier, performing Hello Dolly!

The CBS broadcast included performances from all the nominated musicals. Actor Michael Aronov won the Tony for best actor in a featured role in the play. "Sex and the City" alumna Cynthia Nixon, who clearly enjoys returning to the theater, won featured actress for "The Little Foxes".


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