Broadway has crowned its new queen!
Bette Midler won the 2017 Tony Award for best actress in a musical Sunday night for her spectacular performance in Hello, Dolly! The win came in the midst of a stiffly competitive category featuring veterans and newcomers alike — and a few legendary faces.
“I’m so privileged, I’m s0 honored,” the legendary performer said in her speech, which marked her first-ever non-special Tony win. “I hope I don’t cry. Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated…I’m so grateful for the outpouring of love and affection — I can’t remember the last time I had so much smoke blown up my a–, but there’s no more room.”
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The actress gave a hilarious speech littered with bleeped out words before telling the orchestra playing her off the stage to “shut that crap off.”
While Midler had previously won a special Tony Award back in 1974, the legendary actress had never won in an acting category before.
The musical follows Dolly as a widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. Midler last hit Broadway for the hit one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers in 2013. She made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof in 1966 and went on to have an iconic career both on the stage and off.
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Cynthia Erivio’s captivating performance in The Color Purple earned her a win in this category last year, rounding out the most diverse crop of winners in the musical category in Tony’s history with all four being African-American.