Angels, wizards and SpongeBob vie for Tony award honors

A scene from the off Broadway version of “The Band’s Visit.”

The win was declared at the Tonys function on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall.

Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked the show off with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there - including them.

The biggest victor of the night was The Band's Visit, a musical about an Egyptian band visiting an Israeli desert town.

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A starry revival of Tony Kushner's 7½-hour "Angels in America", which transferred to Broadway from the National Theater in London, was named the best play revival for an acclaimed production that cemented the play's claim as the best American drama of the late 20th century. "When I moved to NY, I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn't work", she said, "and I just want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality, and to all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note".

Actor Andrew Garfield took home the first award of the night at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday, and delivered an acceptance speech that addressed the controversial Supreme Court decision that sided with a baker who for religious reasons refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple.

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

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Shalhoub, best known for his role on Monk, exited The Band's Visit earlier this year. However, the portion of the night that moved the audience to tears was a dedication to Melody Herzfeld, a drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who sheltered 65 of her students as a shooter opened fire throughout the Florida school in February (18).

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

One of those others, Three Tall Women, may not have won for the play itself, but both its lead actress and its featured actress did win. "So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes", they sang in the upbeat opening number.

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Sunday night's ceremony was a refreshing antidote to eyerolls that may have greeted the nominations, led by splashy commercial titles like Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. The show went on to win best musical revival, in an upset, beating "My Fair Lady" and "Carousel".

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