'The Band's Visit' bucks trend by sweeping Tony Awards

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Robert De Niro got a standing ovation at the Tony Awards for shouting "F- Trump" from the stage to the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. At age 82, Jackson has returned to Broadway for the first time in more than three decades after a lengthy detour into British politics.

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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. Thorne wrote the script and is credited for the award; however, Rowling receives a Tony by way of producing the play through the shingle Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, which produced alongside leads Sonia Friedman and Collin Callendar.

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However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honors the best of Broadway theatre. He then referenced last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled in favor of a baker's right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs.

Stachel, 26, is making his Broadway debut in "The Band's Visit", which stars Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and the rising star Katrina Lenk.

In a mesmerising moment, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured numerous young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the Tony Award stage.

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Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. And before you knew it, almost everyone in the audience at Radio City Music Hall was on their feet.

"The Band's Visit" became unstoppable when David Cromer, who staged the show, won for Best Director.

Glenda Jackson, whose performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" should not be missed, won the Tony for Best Actress in a Play.

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This charming show beat back stiff challenges from two revivals of American musical-theater classics: "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady". She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note". Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply past year.

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