Harry Potter play wins six Tony awards

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Melissa Benoist introduces a performance by the cast of "Once on This Island" at the 72nd annual Tony Awards.

The theater people at Radio City stood and cheered.

It was a reminder that co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles - talented and likable if not terribly thrilling - face their biggest test yet when they co-host the CBS telecast from the massive 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall.

"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".

Bruce Springsteen was presented a special Tony Award by Billy Joel for his hugely popular show "Springsteen on Broadway, " and Springsteen later performed. Bareilles and Groban wisely played to their strengths, specifically their extraordinary voices.

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.

LIndsay Mendez, who won the Tony for best featured actresses in a musical for Carousel, said in her acceptance speech, "When I moved to NY, I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn't work". The musical also won Best Revival, Best Choreography, and Best Leading Actress in a Musical, among others.

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Rachel Brosnahan, the marvelous Mrs. Maisel herself, even introduced the show's performance, since Tony Shalhoub is her TV dad. A revival of "Angels in America" has 11 and the two-part play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has 10.

Most Famous Goat: Once On This Island won best musical revival, meaning that its resident goat is now the most famous goat on Broadway.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane, "Angels in America".

Most winners who took the stage, however, gave decidedly less divisive speeches. The other nominated shows in the category were My Fair Lady and Carousel. The combination of messenger and message was enough to make the anti-Schumer crowd scowl, but it was an introduction that would have made George Bernard Shaw proud.

This was Salonga's fourth time on the Tony stage. The same song was reprised to close the show, with lyrics repurposed to celebrate the dreamers who win, perhaps the overarching theme of the evening. He finished off by saying, "I want any kid watching to know that your biggest obstacle may turn into your objective".

While I can't confirm that honorary award recipient (for theater education) Melody Herzfeld was Jewish, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama teacher's moment was a highlight of the night; a choir of Parkland students sang a moving "Seasons of Love".

"Look at the man who is in the White House right now".

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