Jewish Ac­tors, Writ­ers, & Direc­tors Well Rep­re­sented at the 2017 Tony Awards

The Jewish Voice - - SPECIAL FEATURES - By: Julie Sagoskin

From best play to best ac­tress, the Jewish com­mu­nity was well rep­re­sented at the Tony Awards, Broad­way’s big­gest night. Oslo, a pro­duc­tion about the 1993 Oslo Peace Ac­cord be­tween the Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelis, took home best new play while the show’s lead­ing ac­tor, Michael Aronov, also won for his fea­tured per­for­mance. Aronov played Is­raeli figu e Uri Savir, an in­stru­men­tal char­ac­ter in the talks at the time. The play thought­fully tells the true story of top se­cret ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin and Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Chair­man Yasser Arafat.

Leg­end Bette Mi­dler took home the Tony for best ac­tress in a mu­si­cal for Hello Dolly, one of Broad­way’s hottest shows at the mo­ment; Hello Dolly also won for best mu­si­cal re­vival. The Di­vine Miss M gave the long­est ac­cep­tance speech of the night, prompt­ing jokes from host Kevin Spacey, but when you’re Bette Mi­dler, you don’t let any­thing – or a lit­tle ‘get off the stage’ mu­sic – get in your way!

Re­becca Taich­man, who in a state of shock ac­cepted the Tony for best Di­rec­tor for the play, In­de­cent, which tells the con­tro­ver­sial tale of Sholem Asch’s Yid­dish play, God of Vengeance, showed that Broad­way can han­dle a lit­tle shak­ing up once in a while! In­de­cent care­fully cov­ers the ex­ten­sive his­tory of Asch’s play from War­saw in 1907 to the WWII era, when it was per­formed in the at­tic of the Lodz Ghetto of Ger­man-oc­cu­pied Poland.

Ben Platt, who was born Jewish, won for his lead­ing role in Dear Evan Hansen, a touch­ing mu­si­cal which has quickly be­come a hit on the Big White Way. The show also picked up best new mu­si­cal, with a to­tal Tony count of six. Benji Pasek, also of Jewish de­scent, and Justin Paul, won for best book, best score and best or­ches­tra­tion. Pasek and Paul also won the Os­car for their score in La La Land. Rachel Bay Jones picked up the Tony for her fea­tured ac­tress role in the heart­felt play about be­ing an out­sider.

Other win­ners in­cluded Cyn­thia Nixon for fea­tured ac­tress in TheLit­tle Foxes, and best play re­vival went to Au­gust Wil­son’s Jit­ney while James Earl Jones was hon­ored with a Spe­cial Tony for Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

Stephen Col­bert and Th Rock­ettes also took to the stage dur­ing the 71st an­nual Tony Awards.

The most im­por­tant part of the Tony’s? The fash­ion of course! Vogue Edi­tor-in-Chief Anna Win­tour col­lab­o­rated with cos­tume de­signer Wil­liam Ivey Long to up­grade the Tony’s red car­pet style – that’s right, that white rose back­drop be­hind all your fa­vorite stars had Anna’s touches all over it!

Our fash­ion faves? Chrissy Tiegen looked like a god­dess in a long white and gold en­sem­ble by Pamella Roland while Sarah Paul­son also pulled off a long, white dress by Ro­darte. Ac­tress De­nee Ben­ton look sum­mer chic and defin tely blended into the red car­pet back­drop in an Os­car de La Renta white and green skirt with leaves com­ing down. Rachel Bay Jones was a sea of turquoise in a Chris­tian Siri­ano gown and Bette Mi­dler proved you can pull off glam at any age in a black and sil­ver se­quin Michael Kors dress.

Oslo, a pro­duc­tion about the 1993 Oslo Peace Ac­cord be­tween the Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelis, took home best new play while the show’s lead­ing ac­tor, Michael Aronov, also won for his fea­tured per­for­mance at the 2017 Tony Awards at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall in New York City

The Jerry Her­man iconic pro­duc­tion of ‘Hello Dolly’ also won a 2017 Tony Award for best mu­si­cal re­vival

Ben Platt, who was born Jewish, won for his lead­ing role in Dear Evan Hansen, a touch­ing mu­si­cal which has quickly be­come a hit on the Big White Way. The show also picked up best new mu­si­cal, with a to­tal Tony count of six.

Benji Pasek, also of Jewish de­scent, and Justin Paul, won for best book, best score and best or­ches­tra­tion for ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ Pasek and Paul also won the Os­car for their score in the movie ‘La La Land’

Award win­ning ac­tor Kevin Spacey served as master of cer­e­monies at the 2017 Tony Awards. He is pic­tured above in a por­trayal of “Pres­i­dent Fran­cis Un­der­wood”

Leg­end Bette Mi­dler took home the Tony for best ac­tress in a mu­si­cal for Hello Dolly, one of Broad­way’s hottest shows at the mo­ment.

Re­becca Taich­man, was in a state of shock upon ac­cept­ing the 2017 Tony for Best Di­rec­tor for the play, ‘In­de­cent’

The much talked about play ‘In­de­cent’ was also nom­i­nated for sev­eral 2017 Tony awards. It tells the con­tro­ver­sial tale of Sholem Asch’s Yid­dish play, God of Vengeance. ‘In­de­cent’ care­fully cov­ers the ex­ten­sive his­tory of Asch’s play from War­saw in 1907 to the WWII era, when it was per­formed in the at­tic of the Lodz Ghetto of Ger­man-oc­cu­pied Poland

Bette Mi­dler who plays Dolly Levi in the smash hit “Hello Dolly” gave the long­est ac­cep­tance speech of the night, prompt­ing jokes from host Kevin Spacey, but when you’re Bette Mi­dler, you don’t let any­thing – or a lit­tle ‘get off the stage’ mu­sic – get in your way!

A scene from Paula Vo­gel’s play ‘In­de­cent’

At the Tony awards, Chrissy Tiegen (pic­tured above) looked like a god­dess in a long white and gold en­sem­ble by Pamella Roland

‘Oslo’ tells the true story of top se­cret ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin and Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Chair­man Yasser Arafat

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