This year's Tony Awards were about more than the winners

Irene MckinneyJun 12, 2018

Other performances from the casts of this year's Tony-nominated shows include The Band's Visit, Carousel, Frozen, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, along with a special performance from last year's Tony Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen.

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.

"And especially that of the LGBTQ community".

Mr. Garfield was accepting the award for lead actor for "Angels in America", a play about AIDS and homosexuality set in 1980s America.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, "Three Tall Women".

The 72 Tony Awards saw big wins for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Band's Visit last night on CBS, as well as a short but censored bout of swearing from Robert De Niro against Donald Trump. And then he did it again. He added that "the Tonys have never been this political". Drilling into the numbers, the live event was up a tiny 2.1% over the Kevin Spacey fronted 71 Tony Awards of June 11, 2017.

Angels playwright Tony Kushner also took the stage when the play was given the Tony for best revival. He told viewers they have "21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet".

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.").

Lastly, a group of theater students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Seasons of Love" from Rent as a tribute to the lives lost in the senseless shooting in Parkland, Fla.

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