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14 June 2018, 08:39 | Regina Holmes
Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub star in"The Band's Visit. Matthew Murphy
Itamar Moses '99 won Best Book of a Musical with his script for "The Band's Visit", whose lead actor, Tony Shalhoub DRA '80, also secured a Tony.
Mr. Wolf said the musical, produced. The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms - twice - and earned a sustained standing ovation. The intimate show, "Springsteen on Broadway" - or as De Niro referred to it, "Jersey Boy" - features the Boss performing his music and sharing stories from his 2016 autobiography "Born to Run". Actress and former model Alana Stewart tweeted, "Can you just imagine what would've happened if an actor had said "F...."
The show's Katrina Lenk, who won best actress in a musical, said the production "filled her stupid little heart with so much joy".
The play's cast and crew were there to pick up the awards, including Jamie Parker, who performed during the show as the grown-up Harry Potter, and Jack Thorne, who wrote the plays and is now adapting Philip Pullman'sfantasy trilogy His Dark Materials for TV. In the coming months, Sasson Gabai, the veteran Israeli actor who portrayed the lead role of Tawfiq in the film, will be taking on the role on Broadway as well.
The "Amazing Spiderman" fame actor honoured the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, saying: "It is a spirit that says no to oppression". "May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us", he said. "It is an honor to be chosen to open up to the whole world the celebration of Broadway's magic and talent at the Tony Awards, the industry's most important event".
Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony, playing a younger version of Jackson's imperious character in Three Tall Women.
Cohosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban and presented by the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League, the Tonys were televised on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in NY.
They went on to cover Sia's "Chandelier" - substituting her lyrics for ones that complained about singing live eight shows a week - and sang hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber shows and then closed the telecast with a song about Broadway dreamers.
Sadly, Mean Girls now has the dubious distinction of faring the most poorly in Tony Awards history, alongside The Scottsboro Boys in 2011, which was also shut out despite 12 nominations.
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