Harry Potter, Andrew Garfield, Glenda Jackson win top Tony Awards

Ruben Ruiz
June 11, 2018

And so I concealed and I missed so many special events with them.

De Niro appeared on stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall to introduce rocker and Tony Awards performer Bruce Springsteen.

Andrew Garfield, accepting his Tony for best lead actor in a play for Angels In America, said, "It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly".

Nathan Lane, the longtime Broadway star who played the famously caustic dramatic role of Roy Cohn in "Angels", took home a Tony for best featured actor in a play.

He continued: "And especially that of the LGBTQ community. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion", she Garfield told the audience.

The character of Prior "is for everyone", says Garfield.

He referenced a recent Supreme Court order upholding the right of a Colorado baker to refuse to bake a cake for the marriage of a same sex couple.

Praising playwright Tony Kushner, an emotional Lane said, "Tony wrote one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity".

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In one of the ceremonys most mesmerizing moments, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured numerous young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, was honored from the Tony Award stage. The cast of last year's Best Musical victor, Dear Evan Hansen, sang an In Memoriam tribute, while students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Seasons of Love" from Rent.

She then later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform. Members of Herzfeld's drama department took the Tony stage to serenade her with Seasons of Love from Rent.

Jackson, 82, returning to Broadway after 30 years and a lengthy term as a British politician, was named best actress for her tour de force performance in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.

Lindsay Mendez, picked up the Tony for Best Featured Actress for her work in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.

With a little bit of sleep and plenty of coffee, Playbill looks into some trends and tallies from the 2018 Tony Awards.

The Tonys, hosted by singer-songriter-actors Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, capped another record year on Broadway with $1.7 billion in box office receipts, despite the smallest number of new productions in 20 years. The Band's Visit concerns people who have lost hope, he said, beseeching those who are suffering to "call out".

"Let's not forget that 90 percent of us leave empty-handed tonight". "So this is for the people who lose".

The Tony Awards are back for a one-night special at a stage near you. The other nominees in the category were Lauren Ambrose for My Fair Lady, Hailey Kilgore for Once On This Island, LaChanze for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Taylor Louderman for Mean Girls and Jessie Mueller for Carousel.

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