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Tony awards Picks The Band's Visit and Harry Potter in a Politically Charged Evening

Tony awards Picks The Band's Visit and Harry Potter in a Politically Charged Evening
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” receiving the Tony for best play.
(Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

“The Band’s Visit” took a lead in the Tony awards 2018 joined by “Harry Potter” for the best play last Sunday night in New York. Ten wins for “The Band’s Visit” gave the musical a leading score, sweeping all of its competitors off the grid at this year’s Tony awards for the Israel-based musical that has been adapted from a 2007 movie. The list includes leading actor, leading actress, featured actor, direction and score, leading all the Tony contenders. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” however, did not agree to lay off and gave a worthy fight winning the best play alongside in five other categories with a total of seven awards. Other contenders soon caught up including “Angels in America” securing an award for the lead actor (Andrew Garfield) alongside a featured actor (Nathan Lane), while “Three Tall Women” picked up a couple awards as well for Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf. [LA Times]

Thanks to the humorous hosting of Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, the Tonys this year delivered everything wise and witty. This year, the Tony’s was special for Bruce Springsteen who has pocketed a special award for his “Springsteen on Broadway.” [LA Times]

“The Band’s Visit” famed Ari’el Stachel, who bagged the Tony for best featured actor in the musical for connected the intriguing plotline of the musical with the current international scenario. [The Guardian]

The Hollywood Reporter quotes Ari’el Stachel: “Telling a story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time when we need that more than ever.”

Glenda Jackson’s stunning performance in “Three Tall Women” won her the first Tony at the age of 82 for lead actress in a play and all she wanted was to thank the audience from every other country in the world. [The Guardian]

NYTimes quotes Glenda Jackson who was a former member of British Parliament: “You, as always, are welcoming and kind and generous, and America has never needed that more. But then, America is always great.”

Among all the glory what really stole the show was one liberating exception that met with an energetic approval through the house at Radio City Music Hall with a standing ovation, while at the same time bleeping in the telecast was Robert De Niro’s opener. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Hollywood Reporter quotes Robert De Niro at the Tony awards: “Fuck Trump! It’s no longer Down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump!”

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