Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

'The Band's Visit' showered with 10 Tony awards

'The Band's Visit' showered with 10 Tony awards

Salonga plays the role of one of the island gods who will help Ti Moune reunite with the man who has captured her heart. "And here they are, looking at me, and I can't believe it", Stachel said.

Garfield dedicated the award, his first Tony, to the LGBTQ community, for a "spirit that says no to oppression".

"It was an exciting season with something for everyone, from teens and tweeners to 20-somethings and then the rest of us", said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, which puts on the Tonys with the American Theatre Wing. 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.

"So when De Niro got the call to see Springsteen play live, he said 'yes without asking any questions".

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.

Actor Robert De Niro speaks before introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance. So to you all, I send you tight hugs and congratulations on jobs excellently done!

The Middle East conflict, immigration, LGBT equality, gun control - many social issues came up, explicitly or implicitly, during the ceremony, which was hosted with a light (and musical) touch by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. "So this is for the people who lose", they sang.

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Among musicals, a David and Goliath scenario has "The Band's Visit", about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, squaring off with splashy crowd-pleasers "SpongeBob SquarePants", Disney's "Frozen" and Tina Fey's adaptation of her 2004 hit comedy film "Mean Girls".

"Angels in America", playwright Tony Kushner's 1993 epic about the AIDS epidemic, won the award for best revival of a play for the 2018 iteration starring Andrew Garfield.

For Ari'el Stachel, starring in the musical "The Band's Visit" was part of a coming out journey of sorts.

Squidward's show-stopper, lead by Gavin Lee with vocal and four-way tap-dancing prowess, impressed fans and featured pink, feathery, Muppet-handed Fosse girls.

There will also be additional performances from the casts of the Best Revival of a Musical category: "Carousel", "My Fair Lady", "Once on This Island" and "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical". She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work.

Ostensibly a celebration of theatre, the annual event was an opportunity for Broadway to talk up the virtues of inclusion and diversity, while also drawing attention to gay rights, gun control, and the challenges facing immigrants. Broadway producers will be thankful this year that the telecast won't have to compete with any NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games. The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms - twice - and earned a sustained standing ovation.

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