\uFFFDHarry Potter,\uFFFD \uFFFDAngels In America\uFFFD Win Big At Tony Awards

The 72nd annual Tony Awards were held last night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two nabbed Best Play and The Band’s Visit was recognized as the Best Musical in an emotional Tony Awards that mixed Broadway razzle-dazzle with politically-charged calls to arms. Angels in America, a sprawling two-part drama about the AIDS crisis, was recognized as the Best Revival Of A Play.

Sunday was also a night of upsets. In one notable bracket-buster, Once on This Island was named Best Revival Of A Musical over the heavily favored My Fair Lady and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.

Highlights From Last Night:

Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hit the stage for the opening number, an original song they wrote, dedicated to the 90% of the nominated people attending who would not go home with awards.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School appeared on stage to perform the song “Seasons of Love” from Rent. The kids are survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting earlier this year, where 17 people were killed on Valentine’s Day.

The school’s musical theater instructor Melody Herzfeld was honored at the event with the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. She saved 65 lives by barricading her students into a small closet during the shooting.

John Leguizamo had some choice words for President Donald Trump as he accepted his Tony Award: “I am a human, not an animal,” he said, referencing the president’s controversial comments about Latino gang members in May. The actor, who was born in Colombia, used his emotional speech to highlight the importance of diverse representation in media and theater, noting that Latinos are “the least-represented minority in Hollywood.” Leguizamo’s show, Latin American History for Morons, was a successful portrayal of diverse stories, recouping its capitalization in just 15 weeks to become the first play of the 2018 Broadway season to turn a profit.

Leguizamo also used his speech to make an emotional plea for people to “never forget the 1,500 missing Latin American babies in detention,” referencing the nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended at the border and the government lost track of, according to recent reports from the Department of Health and Human Services. He also implored people, through tears, to never forget the estimated 4,645 Puerto Ricans who died in Hurricane Maria.

Robert De Niro kept the CBS censors busy, shouting, “F**k Trump” and pumping his fists. Walking on the stage of Radio City Music Hall to introduce a performance by special Tony winner Bruce Springsteen, De Niro shouted the obscenity and pumped both fists beside his head – eliciting a standing ovation from many in the audience. He then shouted the phrase again, to more cheers by the Broadway community gathered for the annual awards ceremony.

The legendary 70-year-old composer Andrew Lloyd Webber accepted the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. “I have to say I am completely overwhelmed…thank you Broadway, not just for this award, but for making a small boy’s dream come true. Thank you,” he said while emotionally accepting the award during the ceremony.

Winners

  • Best Book of a Musical: The Band’s Visit – Itamar Moses
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: The Band’s Visit – Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield – Angels in America
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson – Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Tony Shalhoub – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Katrina Lenk – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane – Angels in America
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf – Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ari’el Stachel – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lindsay Mendez – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Best Scenic Design of a Play: Christine Jones – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical: David Zinn – SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
  • Best Costume Design of a Play: Katrina Lindsay – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical: Catherine Zuber – My Fair Lady
  • Best Lighting Design of a Play: Neil Austin – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Tyler Micoleau – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Sound Design of a Play: Gareth Fry – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Best Sound Design of a Musical: Kai Harada – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Direction of a Play:       John Tiffany – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Best Direction of a Musical: David Cromer – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Choreography: Justin Peck – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
  • Best Orchestrations: Jamshied Sharifi – The Band’s Visit
  • Best Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
  • Best Musical: The Band’s Visit
  • Best Revival of a Play: Angels in America
  • Best Revival of a Musical: Once On This Island
  • Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Chita Rivera & Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Special Tony Award: Bruce Springsteen & John Leguizamo
  • Regional Theatre Tony Award: La MaMa E.T.C.
  • Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Nick Scandalios
  • Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:       Sara Krulwich, Bessie Nelson & Ernest Winzer Cleaners