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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and Bette Midler win big at Tony Awards

Kevin Spacey also joked about coming out during his opening bit



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“Dear Evan Hansen” and Bette Midler reigned over the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday raking in wins, and in Midler’s case, giving an unconventional acceptance speech.

Lin-Manuel Miranda presented the award for Best Musical to the breakout production about teen suicide. “Dear Evan Hansen” received awards for Best Score, Book, Orchestrations, Featured Actress in a Musical and Leading Actor in a Musical, totaling six awards for the night.

Midler received Best Actress in a Musical, her first acting Tony Award, for her performance in “Hello, Dolly!,” which also won for Best Revival.

“I’m so privileged, I’m so honored,” Midler told the crowd. “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.”

The actress continued on to thank a long list of names before the orchestra attempted to play her off stage.

“Shut that crap off,” Midler said while the audience cheered.

Kevin Spacey hosted the ceremony and joked about the speculation around his sexuality. The “House of Cards” star put on a dress to mimic Norma Desmond, played by Glenn Close in the “Sunset Boulevard” revival. He starts to sing, “I’m coming out,” and then stops to say “No, wait, no” to the laughter of the crowd.

Other big award wins of the night included Cynthia Nixon for her role in “Little Foxes,” and “Oslo” for Best Play.

The complete list of winners is below.

Best Musical
“Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Revival of a Musical
“Hello, Dolly!”

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away”

Best Book of a Musical
Steven Levenson, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Original Score
Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand”

Best Scenic Design in a Musical
Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Best Costume Design in a Musical
Santo Loquasto

Best Lighting Design in a Musical
Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Rachel Boy Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, “Hello Dolly”

Best Play

Best Revival of a Play

Best Direction of a Play
Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”

Best Scenic Design in a Play
Nigel Hook, “The Play That Goes Wrong”

Best Costume Design in a Play
Jane Greenwood, “The Little Foxes”

Best Lighting Design in a Play
Christopher Ackerland, “Indecent”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, “Oslo”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House Part 2”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes”




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10 LGBTQ events this week

A Gaga afterparty and a cardboard boat regatta among attractions



(Washington Blade photos by Vanessa Pham and Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Logan Stone hosts ‘Reign’ on Monday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
8-11 p.m.
1637 17th Street, N.W. (second floor)

Join Logan Stone, Dabatha Christie and Hennessey for a fun-filled drag show at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar tonight at 8.

OMGaga Afterparty

Lady Gaga (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
10 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.

Did you catch the Gaga concert tonight? Whether you did or not, join the afterparty at Green Lantern. Show your ticket stub from the concert for a free drink on the dance floor.

Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Desiree Dik (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, August 9
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.

Join Desiree Dik for a game of bingo at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday. Free to play.

Queer Trivia

Wednesday, August 10
7-9 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.

The Mistresses lead a night of Queer Trivia on all things gay at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.

Thirst Trap Thursdays

Join Cake and the queens for Thirst Trap Thursdays. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 11
10 p.m.
Pitchers DC/A League of Her Own
2317 18th Street, N.W.

Venus Valhalla and Cake host the Thirsty Thursdays drag show at Pitchers/ALOHO on Aug. 11.

LGBTQ Social at Wild Days

Friday, August 12
7-9 p.m.
Wild Days Rooftop Bar at the Eaton Hotel
1201 K Street, N.W.

Have some casual conversations with new friends in the LGBTQ community over drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Go Gay DC.

A Love Letter to RENT

Friday, August 12
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Free admission

Watch a drag show dedicated to the hit musical RENT. If you miss the first show on Friday, come by on Saturday at 4 p.m. for an encore performance.

Lights On, Barks Out! Disco Heat Drag Brunch

Saturday, August 13
Seating 11 a.m./show 12 p.m.
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G Street, N.W.
$15 cover

Join host Doming0 for the Disco Heat Drag Brunch on Saturday at Astro Beer Hall.

Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Lake Anne (Blade file photo by Vanessa Pham)

Saturday, August 13
2 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, Va.
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Watch a cardboard regatta race along Lake Anne in Reston, Va. Or, you could even participate (rules here)!

Mister & Miss AGLA Scholarship Fundraiser

Miss AGLA 2020-21 Ashlee Jozet Adams and Mr. AGLA 2020-21 Xavier Bottoms will be honored at the event alongside the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss AGLA 2022. (Photo via Facebook)

Sunday, August 14
7-9 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$10 donation requested

Join a fundraiser for a good cause: a college scholarship for an outstanding Arlington County Public High School senior. Also, the 2022 Mr. and Miss AGLA will be crowned.

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PHOTOS: United Night OUT

Team DC and Federal Triangles honored at halftime



2022 United Night OUT. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

United Night OUT 2022 was held on August 6 at Audi Field with DC United taking on their Atlantic Cup rivals, the New York Red Bulls. The two teams battled to a 0-0 scoreless draw in their 99th meeting. The LGBTQ community event was co-hosted by Team DC and the Federal Triangles Soccer club who were both honored at halftime.

(Washington Blade photos by Kevin Majoros)

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Abbi Jacobson engaged to her girlfriend Jodi Balfour

Last week, Jacobson and Balfour made their first red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of A League of Their Own. 



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Abbi Jacobson, the Emmy Award nominee, is engaged to her girlfriend Jodi Balfour. She confirmed the news to People as she celebrated with her costars in the upcoming Amazon Video series A League of Their Own.

D’Arcy Carden, the costar and Jacobson’s friend of 15 years, said, “It’s out. It’s great. We’re so happy. We love [Jodi].”

“Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged!” Chanté Adams, also a costar in the upcoming series, followed, “We’ve had to hide it for … No, I’m kidding.”

“No, you have not. You have not had to hide it.” Jacobson responded, blushing, “That was not a thing. It was not a secret.”

Last week, Jacobson and Balfour made their first red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of A League of Their Own. 

The couple started dating in 2020 and celebrated their first anniversary last October. Jacobson shared some selfies of them on instagram: “One year with this incredible human. Don’t know how I got so lucky ❤️.” 

Likewise, Balfour wrote in the caption: “365 days of the best surprise of my life 💚.”

Jacobson officially came out as a bisexual in the interview with Vanity Fair. “I date men and women,” she said, adding as long as the person is “funny” and is “doing something they love.”

Balfour, a South African actress, is known for her performances on For All Mankind, Supernatural, The Crown and True Detective. 

Jacobson is both cast and co-creator of A League of Their Own, in which she would tell the stories of these LGBTQ women in the 1940s. She also talked about Maybelle Blair, a consultant of the show as well as a former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player who came out at 95. 

“But Maybelle’s point of view, specifically on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League experience, what that was like to play baseball at the time, what it was like to be a queer woman in the league, was pretty important for some of the stories we were telling. But at Tribeca, she had not come out publicly and that was so incredible. And don’t you feel like it’s like, ‘95!’ I’m like, ‘This show needs to come out.’ She came out because we made this show.”

The first episode of A League of Their Own will be released on August 12.

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