With Tony for 'The Band's Visit,' Ari'el Stachel Embraces His Roots

Andrew Garfield Dedicates His Teary Tonys Speech to Those Who Just Want a Cake Baked

Andrew Garfield Dedicates His Teary Tonys Speech to Those Who Just Want a Cake Baked

However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honors the best of Broadway theater.

72nd Annual Tony Awards - Photo Room - New York, U.S., 10/06/2018 - (L-R) Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany pose with their Best play award for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two".

While the United States censored the expletives, Aussie viewers were gifted the moment in all of its glory and Twitter was set alight.

According to the Tony Awards' website, Bruce Springsteen will also make a rare appearance with a performance during the show.

Bruce Springsteen, the recipient of a special Tony Award and perhaps the most famous name inside Radio City Music Hall, was introduced by his friend Billy Joel.

The award speech for Best Musical at the end of the night even included some butchered Hebrew (it seems a producer was just trying to say "I love you" to his kids), and echoed the recurring themes of the evening of diversity and tolerance ("In the end we are far more alike than different.").

"Let's not forget that 90 percent of us leave empty-handed tonight". "I fall in love with her every time", he said of future Leading Actress victor Katrina Lenk. "I agree", the Pulitzer Prize victor said.

Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical. Winning all but one of the 11 categories it was nominated for, the musical also took the prizes for best featured actor, for Ar'iel Stachel, as well as best book by Itamar Moses, best director, orchestration, sound design and lighting. "If you're anything like me, I imagine you have a lot of questions - like, 'What happened? So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes", they sang in the upbeat opening number. Head writer Dave Boone did an excellent job of crafting material tailored to each person: Amy Schumer introduced the performance of My Fair Lady by calling it a "comedy about classism and sexism" and referring to Henry Higgins as a "mansplainer". Shalhoub also explained to the press that he had to be talked into doing the show - twice - by his wife.

"The Band's Visit", based on a tiny movie that maybe two people saw, tells the story of an Egyptian military band that, through a travel mix-up, winds up for a night in a small, dusty, forsaken village in northern Israel.

"I never dreamed that one day I, a Brit of all things, would be honoured with the same lifetime award that my idol won, by my peers and the true home of the musical, Broadway".

The Middle East conflict, immigration, LGBT equality, gun control - many social issues came up, explicitly or implicitly, during the ceremony, which was hosted with a light (and musical) touch by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.

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