'The Band's Visit' sweeps Tony Awards as 'Harry Potter' wins best play

Brenda Watkins
June 14, 2018

One big name that did come out on top, unsurprisingly, was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, a stunning physical production of a middling nostalgic entry in the Potterverse, which won Best Play, Best Direction, and swept the design categories. "So let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked". Lane said the play still speaks to society in the midst of "political insanity".

Musician Bruce Springsteen will be given a special Tony Award for his concert residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre in NY.

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. He also dedicated the honour to "the countless LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people who have fought and died for the right to live and love as we are created to".

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".

"After 9/11 it was very, very hard for me", Stachel said. They turned that into a playful song.

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Shalhoub, who won for his portrayal of Tewfiq, the leader of an Egyptian band, used his minute in the spotlight to speak about his father's arrival at Ellis Island from Lebanon almost a century ago.

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. He's a graduate of New York University's Tish drama department.

Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can dictate a show's future, both on Broadway and on tour. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply previous year.

While the USA censored the expletives, Aussie viewers were gifted the moment in all of its glory and Twitter was set alight.

The audience figure is a slight rebound from the 2017 ceremony, which was watched by 6.05 million viewers - the Tonys' smallest TV audience since 2012. Overall, the 2017-18 Broadway season is the highest-grossing in history, according to the Broadway League.

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