Most Talented (At Least at Cedar Shoals High School): Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess hit the stage alongside his high school yearbook title and a glorious photo of his first role in the theater. Lane, who won for best featured actor in a play, said "Angels" still speaks to society in the midst of "political insanity".
Budgeted at less than $10 million, "The Band's Visit" flattened "Mean Girls", Disney's "Frozen" and Viacom's "SpongeBob Square Pants", all of which cost tens of millions of dollars to bring to Broadway.
Nathan Lane took home his third Tony award for Angels In America as closeted conservative lawyer Roy Cohn, who died of AIDS.
The acclaimed and sprawling British import Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the shimmering, American, grown-up musical The Band's Visit were the big winners at the Tony Awards on Sunday (Monday NZT).
Andrew dedicated his award to the LGBTQ community and referenced the case of a bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.
The brief, nearly token, insult provoked a disproportionately strong reaction from the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. "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".
"Your biggest obstacle", said Stachel of "The Band's Visit", addressing young artists all across the nation, "may turn out to be your goal".
In her acceptance speech, telling Tony hopefuls to be true to themselves, Mendez said that when she had first moved to NY, she had been told she would need to change her name.
Glenda Jackson, whose performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" should not be missed, won the Tony for Best Actress in a Play.
An emotional high point arrived early in the ceremony when members of the drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., site of a mass shooting in February, sang "Seasons of Love" from "Rent". Tina Fey is a superstar and she wrote a snappy, smart script for "Mean Girls", a musical based on her popular 2004 movie. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply a year ago.