Harry Potter And The Cursed Child won the Tony Award for best play on Sunday (Jun 10) while Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield took home acting prizes and rocker Bruce Springsteen received a special prize at Broadway's honours for the best in theatre. The epic and expansive British import - which looks set to be a multihour fixture off Times Square for decades - won the Tony Award for best new play and honors for its British director, John Tiffany. "It's the hardest thing I'll ever do and it's nothing but a privilege". Shalhoub thanked his immigrant father, and said he hopes "we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us".
"Every character in this play is so nuanced and so rich and has so many conflicting qualities that you get to experience a whole range of what it is to be a fully living, breathing human being".
But The Band's Visit wasn't the only Israel presence at the awards ceremony. The musical also won Best Revival, Best Choreography, and Best Leading Actress in a Musical, among others. She told the crowd how early in her career, she'd been encouraged to change her last name to Matthews to better her chances of playing non-minority roles.
Springsteen laughed as he sat down at the piano to play.
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Commending Springsteen, De Niro said, "In these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for truth, transparency and integrity in government".
"(Let's) just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked", he said, to rousing applause. He won his third, for best featured actor in a play. The Tony Awards crowd proved a perfectly suitable liberal environment for a fresh statement, featuring for example, the outspoken anti-Trump survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. He finished by saying: "Your biggest obstacle may turn into your objective".