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Whether you’re a Broadway aficionado or not, you may appreciate how Bette Midler handled herself on stage at last night’s (June 11) 2017 Tony Awards, during her acceptance speech for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, based on her role in Hello, Dolly.

What exactly are we referring to? Oh, you know when the music comes on when a speech might be going a little long, well, The Divine Miss M wasn’t having it. It’s not that she just kept going, she stopped her speech for about 1/2 a second, and said, “Shut that crap off!”

And, they did. We really don’t see that very often. It was beyond impressive, and if you missed it, here’s a clip of the self-assured “this is my moment” moment that happens at 4:54:

Hello, Dolly took home four wins, including Best Lead Actress as mentioned above, Best Feature Actor in a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, with the original premiering on Broadway in 1964. The story revolves around a headstrong match-maker by the name of Dolly, who works to set up a curmudgeonly “half-a-millionaire” bachelor.

While four Tony Awards is an amazing accomplishment, Dear Evan Hansen took the lead, winning six Tonys, out of its nine nominations. The wins include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.

Dear Evan Hansen revolves around a teenager, named Evan Hansen, with the story following a high school classmate’s death. The musical is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Steven Levenson. Songwriter Pasek made a statement following the Tony Awards ceremony, saying, “The show is about how lonely we all can feel and I think we want kids to know that loneliness or that sense of isolation is a temporary thing,” reports Billboard.

He expanded on the driving force of the production, saying, “Whatever pain you feel, you can use it to make something that you can use to help yourself or save yourself and that’s what’s so beautiful about theater.”

Actor Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), who portrays Evan Hansen, won the Best Leading Actor in a Musical. His acceptance speech also talked about fitting in and finding a place to belong, which he did with musical theater:

And with all of this musical talent under one roof, the night wouldn’t be complete without the live performances highlighting the best of Broadway:

You can find more performances over at Playbill, from shows including Miss Saigon, Falsettos, and War Paint.

BBC News has a complete list of winners.

We understand there’s quite a few clips above — but, did you notice Groundhog Day has been made into a musical?

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Filed Under: Bette Midler, Tony Awards
By Brigid Brown