Tony Awards: Cynthia Nixon, Kevin Kline and Laurie Metcalf among early winners

(Clockwise)  Cynthia Nixon winning the award for the Best Featured Actress In A Play,  Laurie Metcalf winning Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role in a play and Kevin Kline winning Best Leading Actor In A Play.
(Clockwise) Cynthia Nixon winning the award for the Best Featured Actress In A Play, Laurie Metcalf winning Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role in a play and Kevin Kline winning Best Leading Actor In A Play.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cynthia Nixon, Kevin Kline and Laurie Metcalf were among early winners at the annual Tony Awards honouring the best of Broadway.

Host Kevin Spacey kicked things off with a medley of songs referencing his self-doubt about successfully hosting the annual awards show (being held this morning, Singapore time), riffing on numbers from Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day and other top musicals.

Kline, who was seen as a shoo-in for his lead actor turn as the egocentric actor in Noel Cowards' play Present Laughter, said "I want to thank everybody", adding "we don't do this alone".

Nixon was named best featured actress in a play for a revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, about a greedy southern family's underhanded business practices.

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Metcalf won best lead actress in a play for her role in A Doll's House, Part 2.

 

Gavin Creel won best featured actor in a musical for Hello, Dolly!, the revival that scored 10 nominations.

Dear Evan Hansen, the teen-angst driven musical with no stars which is set in motion by a suicide, won two early Tonys for best score and best book.