Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Memorable Moments From the 2018 Tony Awards

Memorable Moments From the 2018 Tony Awards

And as expected, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two (Best Play), Angels in America (Best Revival of a Play) and Roger & Hammerstein's Carousel (Best Revival of a Musical) lead their respective show categories.

Andrew dedicated his award to the LGBTQ community and referenced the case of a bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

Praising playwright Tony Kushner, an emotional Lane said, "Tony wrote one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity".

Perhaps Ari'el Stachel - victor of Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for The Band's Visit - said it best: "I want any kid who's watching to know your biggest obstacle may turn into your objective". "Neither one of us has every won anything", the duo sang cheerfully, before inviting ensemble players from every Tony-nominated musical on stage to join them for a rare moment of spotlight glory. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get tickets to Bruce Springsteen's show on Broadway?

Broadway is in danger of becoming a theme park, but Tony voters staged a revolution Sunday night, saying, in effect: No more shows based on famous movies or cartoons. "Let's not forget that 90 percent of us leave empty-handed tonight".

Bravo to Ari'el Stachel, who just won his first Tony Award!

Notable Nominations: Leading the pool of nominations this year are Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, each with 12 and both up for the coveted Best Musical accolade. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".

Melissa Benoist introduces a performance by the cast of "Once on This Island" at the 72nd annual Tony Awards. Check out show clips from The Band's Visit below. Attendance was also up, coming in a 13.79 million, an increase of 3.9 percent at last season's 13.27 million.

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