'The Band's Visit,' 'Angels in America' and 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' win big at Tonys

Andrew Garfield and Tony Shalhoub were among the night's winners.

June 11, 2018, 1:41 AM

"The Band's Visit" was the big winner at the 2018 Tony Awards, broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, walking off with 10 trophies, including best musical and leading actor and actress in a musical wins for Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, respectively. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" picked up six awards.

Legendary actress Glenda Jackson won for Best Leading Actress in a Play for "Three Tall Women," and Nathan Lane walked off with Best Featured Actor in a Play honors for "Angels in America."

The AIDS-themed drama "Angels in America" also copped six awards, including best play revival, as well as Best Leading Actor in a Play honors for Andrew Garfield, who ended his acceptance speech by declaring, "Bake a cake for anyone who wants a cake" -- a reference to the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of a bakery owner who refused to design a cake for a gay couple.

Playwright Tony Kushner, center, and the cast and crew of "Angels in America" accept the award for best revival of a play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.
Playwright Tony Kushner, center, and the cast and crew of "Angels in America" accept the award for best revival of a play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.
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The politically charged evening was highlighted by Robert De Niro, there to introduce Bruce Springsteen's performance of "My Hometown," delivering a profanity-laced stab at President Donald Trump.

“I just want to say one thing -- F--- Trump,” De Niro said. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f--- Trump,” he said, drawing loud cheers from the audience.

Several other artists also aired their views, including Best Featured Actress in a Musical winner for "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel," Lindsay Mendez, who capped off her speech by saying she was "proud to be part of a community that celebrates diversity," adding, "To all you artists out there, just be true to yourself and the world will take note."

A touching moment occurred when it was announced that in a pre-awards ceremony, Melody Herzfeld, head of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Department received the Excellence in Theater Education Award. The school's drama students followed with a performance of "Seasons of Love," from the Tony-winning musical "Rent." The Parkland, Florida, high school was the site of a mass shooting in February that claimed the lives of 17 people and injured more than a dozen others.

Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department react after performing "Seasons of Love" at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.
Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department react after performing "Seasons of Love" at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.
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Another rock legend, Billy Joel, was also on hand to present Springsteen with a special Tony for "Springsteen Live on Broadway."

The show was hosted by Josh Grobin and Sara Bareilles, who opened with a tongue-in-cheek song aimed at consoling the evening's losers. Later, they performed a number bemoaning the grueling Broadway schedule, sung to the tune of Sia's "Chandelier."

Here’s the complete list of Tony winners:

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAYAndrew Garfield for "Angels in America"

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAYLaurie Metcalf for "Three Tall Women"

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICALLindsay Mendez for "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAYNathan Lane for "Angels in America"

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICALAri'el Stachel for "The Band's Visit"

LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAYGlenda Jackson for "Three Tall Women"

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICALTony Shalhoub for "The Band's Visit"

BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICALKatrina Lenk for "The Band’s Visit"

BEST PLAY"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY"Angels in America"

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL"Once on This Island"

BEST MUSICAL"The Band’s Visit"

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICALDavid Cromer for "The Band's Visit"

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAYJohn Tiffany for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICALItamar Moses for "The Band's Visit"

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAYChristine Jones for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICALDavid Zinn for "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAYKatrina Lindsay for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICALCatherine Zuber for "My Fair Lady"

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAYNeil Austin for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICALTyler Micoleau for "The Band’s Visit"

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAYGareth Fry for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICALKai Harada for "The Band’s Visit"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHYJustin Peck for "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

BEST ORCHESTRATIONSJamshied Sharifi for "The Band’s Visit"

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories:

SPECIAL TONY AWARDS FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATREChita RiveraAndrew Lloyd Webber

SPECIAL TONY AWARDSJohn LeguizamoBruce Springsteen

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