‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins best musical Tony

Mindy Kaling, left, and Carson Daly announce the nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)

 

NEW YORK (AP) — “Dear Evan Hansen,” the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest — winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards.

The show centers on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who fabricates a prior friendship with a classmate who has just committed suicide. The story charts his acceptance into the young man’s grieving family and the heartbreaking truths that emerge as the deception becomes more elaborate, sped along by social media.

The acclaimed musical’s story is by Steven Levenson, with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (recent Oscar winners for “City of Stars” from the movie “La La Land”). It stars Ben Platt.

“Dear Evan Hansen” beat out “Come From Away,” ”Groundhog Day the Musical” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”

The musical won six Tonys, the most of any show.

“Hello, Dolly!” won the award for best revival of a musical.

The Tony Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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