Tony Award Windfall to Boost 'The Band's Visit'

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She said she was happy to be in a production that "celebrates diversity and individuality".

While during the show, it might have been Robert De Niro's bleeping speech attacking Trump or poignant performers by Parkland shooting survivors that stole the show, on the Internet and red carpet, it was the GOAT that has captivated people's mind.

Taking the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen's performance at the awards, the 74-year-old wasted no time with such a public opportunity.

While there was clearly an undercurrent of resistance to the current administration in Washington, winners did not overtly attack President Donald Trump.

Many wore pins for movements such as Time's Up or ribbons highlighting left-leaning organisations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Both the network and award organizers will anxiously await the ratings for the broadcast.

Kushner, noting it was 21 weeks until the mid-term congressional elections in the United States, continued the political vein adding, "21 weeks to save our democracy".

British actor Andrew Garfield also won his first Tony, for best leading actor in a play, for the seven-hour revival Angels of America, in which he plays a young gay man living with AIDS.

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Garfield went on to reference the recent supreme court decision which ruled narrowly for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

"(Let's) just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked", he said, to rousing applause. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. Another member of the show's cast, Nathan Lane, picked up the Best Featured Actor in a Play accolade.

Best Actress in a play victor Glenda Jackson, recognised for work in "Three Tall Women", praised the multi-cultural nature of the theatre business.

Lenk stars as Dina, the owner of a cafe that the band visits.

The rocker received his special Tony at the 72nd annual awards from fellow musician Billy Joel at a gala ceremony at Radio City Music Hall hosted by singer-songwriter-actors Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

The 2007 film, The Band's Visit, was critically acclaimed when it was released in Israel, receiving 8 Ophir Awards, including best film, best director, best lead actor for Gabbai and best lead actress for the late Ronit Elkabetz.

Ari'el Stachel, accepting for his featured performance in The Band's Visit, fought back tears explaining that he hid his Middle Eastern identity following September 11, encouraging people to embrace who they are: "Your biggest obstacle may be your greatest objective".

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