Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Oslo,' 'Dear Evan Hansen' Take Top Honors at the Tonys

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Oslo,' 'Dear Evan Hansen' Take Top Honors at the Tonys

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NEW YORK * The play "Oslo," a three-hour meditation on diplomacy, has been crowned the best play of the season.

J.T. Rogers' play explores the 1993 meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, which led to the breakthrough Oslo Accords and the handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat. "Oslo" beat out "Sweat," "Indecent" and "A Doll's House, Part 2."

Laurie Metcalf, a Carbondale, Ill., native who grew up in Edwardsville, won her first Tony, for best actress, for "A Doll's House, Part 2." Mike Isaacson, artistic director and executive producer at the Muny, and partner Kristin Caskey are among the producers of "A Doll's House, Part 2."

Kevin Kline, from Clayton, won his third Tony Award playing an egomaniacal matinee idol in the midst of personal turmoil in the play "Present Laughter." Kline took honors as best leading actor in a play. The theater at his alma mater, St. Louis Priory School, is named for him.

Rebecca Taichman won best directing play honors for "Indecent."

"Dear Evan Hansen," the heartfelt musical about young outsiders, won for best musical, book, score, orchestrations, leading actor (Ben Platt) and featured actress (Rachel Bay Jones).

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently won Oscars for the song "City of Stars" from the movie "La La Land," added to a remarkable year by earning Tonys for best score for writing the songs for "Dear Evan Hansen."

Moments later, the show's story writer, Steven Levenson, won the Tony for best book, and Alex Lacamoire earned one for best orchestrations. Rachel Bay Jones won her first Tony for her work in the musical, capping a long career onstage with plenty of zigs and zags.

Michael Aronov took home the trophy for best featured actor in a play for his work on "Oslo." And Gavin Creel won his first Tony for featured actor in a musical in Bette Midler's big return to Broadway in "Hello, Dolly! …

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