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Tonys feature wins, De Niro and tribute to Parkland teacher
2018-06-11

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Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the 72nd annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 in New York City.

They took over the reins from embattled actor Kevin Spacey, who hosted last year's ceremony.

The Band's Visit, based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, won 10 awards (out of 11 nominations), besting productions like Mean Girls and SpongeBob, the Musical to win acting awards, best score and best musical, among other honors. (Mean Girls actually went zero for 12, while SpongeBob only snared one award.)

The two-part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won six Tony Awards, including best play, sound design and director for John Tiffany, who urged the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to his boyfriend.

A British revival of gay writer Tony Kushner's Angels in America snagged three awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield (who said in his acceptance speech, "[Let's] just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked," referring to the anti-gay Masterpiece Cakeshop decision) and gay actor Nathan Lane. Gay writer Edward Albee's Three Tall Women scored acting wins for Laurie Metcalf and Glenda Jackson.

Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo received Special Tony Award, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

In one of the most moving parts of the evening, drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School honored drama teacher Melody Herzfeld with a performance of the classic song "Seasons of Love," from Rent. Herzfeld saved dozens of people by barricading students into a small classroom closet on the day a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people.

However, iconic actor Robert De Niro stirred different emotions upon introducing a performance from Springsteen (who also received a special Tony). De Niro started with an expletive aimed at President Trump—which garnered a standing ovation from the audience.


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