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.
Many congrats to Stachel on his first Tony win!
The two-part spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had captured six, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director John Tiffany, who asked the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his boyfriend. And as expected, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two (Best Play), Angels in America (Best Revival of a Play) and Roger & Hammerstein's Carousel (Best Revival of a Musical) lead their respective show categories.
The show also won best actor and best actress for its stars, Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, and best original score for David Yazbek.
Budgeted at less than $10 million, "The Band's Visit" flattened "Mean Girls", Disney's "Frozen" and Viacom's "SpongeBob Square Pants", all of which cost tens of millions of dollars to bring to Broadway.
Another year, another unforgettable Tony Awards-and the 72nd annual ceremony had plenty of notable moments, from the impactful, to the hilarious, to the downright iconic. Garfield ended his speech with an reference to the recent Supreme Court ruling, which found that a Colorado bakery was legally permitted to deny service to customers attempting to order a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding.
The Band's Visit's Stachel pointed out his parents in the audience and opened up about how he had hidden his Middle Eastern background growing up. Though "Mean Girls" was nominated for 12 awards, the stage adapation of the Tina Fey film did not win any. She explained that she had been told to change her last name "from Mendez to Matthews" or risk not being hired, but held fast and earned a Tony Award to prove them wrong. Then Ming-Na Wen presented the education award to Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who kept her students safe during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Worst Sia Cover: Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles returned to the stage for a Broadway-themed take on Sia's song, "Chandelier".