With a bleep on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theatre crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Donald Trump. At age 82, Jackson has returned to Broadway for the first time in more than three decades after a lengthy detour into British politics.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won the Tony for best play while a revival of the AIDS drama Angels in America was named best play revival and Once On This Island won best musical revival.
Continued the actor, "I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit, to protect that message".
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).
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"The Band's Visit", for which Mr. Stachel won best featured actor at Radio City Music Hall in NY, was perhaps the flawless vehicle to deliver him to fame. Winning all but one of the 11 categories it was nominated for, the musical also took the prizes for best featured actor, for Ar'iel Stachel, as well as best book by Itamar Moses, best director, orchestration, sound design and lighting.
"F*** Trump!" he exclaimed. The smart bet was that Broadway would give her a Tony for her script.
Tony Shalhoub, the former star of "Monk" and a founding member of Cambridge's American Repertory Theater, won for best leading actor in a musical, and his costar in "The Band's Visit", Katrina Lenk, won for best actress. She told the crowd how early in her career, she'd been encouraged to change her last name to Matthews to better her chances of playing non-minority roles.
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