Israeli-American actor wins Tony for role in 'The Band's Visit' musical

Israeli-American actor wins Tony for role in 'The Band's Visit' musical

Darren Sullivan
June 12, 2018

Angels in America - a two-part play which lasts nearly eight hours - was first shown in 1991, but Andrew told Newsbeat a year ago that the play's message is still relevant.

By far the most emotional moment of the evening evoked the nation's divisions over gun reform, when Melody Herzfeld, drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony stage.

Before introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance at the Tony Awards, actor Robert De Niro walked onstage at Radio City Hall, announcing, "First, I wanna say, 'F**k Trump.' It's no longer 'Down with Trump, ' it's 'F**k Trump'".

The beloved new Broadway production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once On This Island has been named the 2018 Tony victor for Best Revival of a Musical! "So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes", they sang in the upbeat opening number. Some of the Tony winners and nominees spotted at the fete included Andrew Garfield, Lindsay Mendez, Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, and co-host Sara Bareilles. "To all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note".

Musical The Band's Visit, about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, won several early awards including best score, best director and best featured actor. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Anthony Boyle, per the one he read, is a "perfect precious cinnamon roll".

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Darkest Confession: John Leguizamo won a Special Tony Award and gave a heart-warming speech about the impact of theater on his life, "I'm a living example of how theater can change you".

Best Actress In A Play Winner, Glenda Jackson recognised for her work in Three Tall Women, praised the multi-cultural nature of the theatre business.

Worst Bruce Springsteen Concert: Billy Joel opened for Bruce Springsteen, presenting his friend with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. Its major award was Best Revival, meaning that Tony Kushner got to speak, both urging voters to heal our democracy, and wishing a happy birthday to Judy Garland.

Nathan Lane, Broadway's No. 1 musical-comedy actor for years, can now make the claim that he's Broadway's No. 1 dramatic actor, too, picking up the Tony for his chilling and brilliant performance as Roy Cohn, Donald Trump's lawyer, in "Angels in America". 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.

But CBS's censors, with the benefit of a 10-second delay, made sure the television audience didn't hear it. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply past year.