'The Band's Visit' bucks trend by sweeping Tony Awards


Bruce Springsteen, the recipient of a special Tony Award and perhaps the most famous name inside Radio City Music Hall, was introduced by his friend Billy Joel.

In a social media post ahead of the awards show, she said the first time was in 1991 when she was won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Miss Saigon".

The Band's Visit marks Stachel's Broadway debut.

The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans previous year.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Broadway's staged telling of the eighth story in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga, has earned the Tony Award for Best Play, one of the two flagship awards of the 72nd annual ceremony (the other being Best Musical, which went home with six).

Andrew dedicated his award to the LGBTQ community and referenced the case of a bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

The Band's Visit, the Broadway musical based on an Israeli film, swept the Tony Awards on Sunday night, taking home 10 prizes - including best musical - at the ceremony in NY. Check out show clips from The Band's Visit below.

De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller showbusiness events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work.

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Best Boat Quote: "All four of tonight's best musical nominees are based on movies", said Tina Fey, "But only one of these movies paid for my boat". Bareilles and Groban will try to do that while also eviscerating any memory of last year's Tony host, Kevin Spacey, who since then has been accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault.

Most Famous Goat: Once On This Island won best musical revival, meaning that its resident goat is now the most famous goat on Broadway.

Another work by a major American playwright - Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" - also held a share of the spotlight as two of its three stars, Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf, were honored as best lead actress and best featured actress in a play.

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