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'Come From Away' Steals Hearts At Tonys, Wins Award For Best Direction

06/11/2017 09:15 EDT | Updated 06/12/2017 10:42 EDT

NEW YORK - The musical with the big heart had the Tonys audience roaring with glee faster than you can say "The Rock."

And "Come From Away" also scored an award for Best Direction of a Musical for its director, Christopher Ashley.

Host Kevin Spacey kicked off the Tony Awards telecast on Sunday night with a comedic medley of the best musical nominees - including the Canadian favourite.

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg joined Spacey onstage to offer him advice about helming the show, and the duo engaged in tongue-in-cheek banter with a nod to Newfoundland, where “Come From Away” is set.

whoopi goldberg tony awards Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Spacey do their thing at the Tonys (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

“If you want to learn, you've got to go to where some of the greatest hosts of all time have gotten their start. Carson, Crystal, Letterman. You've got to go to the Rock,” Goldberg said.

“What? All the way to Newfoundland?” Spacey replied.

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Soon after, cast members from “Come From Away” went onstage linked arm-in-arm with dancers and performed a snippet of “Welcome to the Rock” from the hit musical.

They returned to the stage a few minutes later for a full performance of the song, which was introduced by fellow Canadian Ron Duguay, a former New York Ranger.

come from away tony2017 The cast of 'Come From Away' performs onstage at the Tonys. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

“Come From Away” is set in Gander in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The remote East Coast town saw its population double in size as it sheltered 6,579 passengers and crew from planes diverted when U.S. air space was closed.

Heading into Sunday's awards, "Come From Away" was up for seven Tonys, including best musical.

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(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

"Dear Evan Hansen" captured the Tonys for best score and best book of a musical, beating Canadian "Come From Away" married co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein.

"Come From Away" star Jenn Colella lost the best featured actress in a musical Tony to Rachel Bay Jones of "Dear Evan Hansen."

The show also lost out on the best lighting design of a musical award to Bradley King of "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812."

With files from HuffPost Canada.

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