‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler, ‘Indecent,’ Take Tony Awards
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‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler, ‘Indecent,’ Take Tony Awards

  • XX, winner of the award for (AWARD NAME) for “(NAME OF PLAY/MUSICAL),” poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 11, 2017 in New York City.
    XX, winner of the award for (AWARD NAME) for “(NAME OF PLAY/MUSICAL),” poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 11, 2017 in New York City.
  • Producer Andre Bishop accepts the award for Best Play for “Oslo” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Producer Andre Bishop accepts the award for Best Play for “Oslo” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Michael Aronov accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for “Oslo” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Michael Aronov accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for “Oslo” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Bette Midler accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Hello, Dolly!” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Bette Midler accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Hello, Dolly!” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Ben Platt accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Dear Evan Hansen” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Ben Platt accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Dear Evan Hansen” onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Producer Stacey Mindich and the cast of 'Dear Evan Hansen” accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Producer Stacey Mindich and the cast of 'Dear Evan Hansen” accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Host Kevin Spacey attends the 2017 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Host Kevin Spacey attends the 2017 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Sophie Von Haselberg and Better Midler attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Sophie Von Haselberg and Better Midler attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
  • Rebecca Taichman, winner of the award for Best Direction of a Play for “Indecent,” poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images
    Rebecca Taichman, winner of the award for Best Direction of a Play for “Indecent,” poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 11, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images

“Oslo,” a play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, won the Tony Award for best new play and its Jewish lead actor, Michael Aronov, was recognized as best featured actor in a play. (Read our review of the play here.)

Bette Midler, the veteran Jewish actress and singer, won for best actress in a musical for “Hello Dolly” as Broadway handed out its highest honors on Sunday night in New York. The play also won for best musical revival.

“Oslo,” a J.T. Rogers play in which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators struggle to hammer out a peace deal, received rave reviews for turning a complicated history into a fast, entertaining three hours. Aronov played Uri Savir, an Israeli negotiator in the 1990s talks.

The musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” about a boy who gets caught up in a lie after the death of a classmate, was named best new musical and led the way with six Tonys, including for its star, the Jewish actor Ben Platt, as best actor in a musical, and Rachel Bay Jones for best featured actress. Benji Pasek, who is Jewish, and Justin Paul also won for best book, best orchestrations and best original score. Paul won the Oscar this year for “La La Land.”

Rebecca Teichman won best director for “Indecent,” which recounts the bumpy journey to Broadway of Sholem Asch’s controversial Yiddish play “God of Vengeance.”

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