‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ wins big at Tony awards

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ wins big at Tony awards

Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield took home acting prizes and rocker Bruce Springsteen received a special Tony

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, parts one and two roped in Best Play while The Band’s Visit was recognised as the Best Musical at the 72nd Tony Awards that mixed Broadway razzle-dazzle with politically charged call-to-arms.

Angels in America a sprawling two-part drama about the AIDS crisis, was named this year’s Best Play Revival. One of three statues were picked up by the cast on Sunday, which came roughly 25 years after the original production of Angels in America, which swept the 1993 Tony Awards, reported Variety.

An opportunity

Ostensibly a celebration of theatre, the annual event was an opportunity for Broadway to talk up the virtues of inclusion and diversity, while also drawing attention to gay rights, gun control, and the challenges facing immigrants.

While introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen who got a special Tony, for instance, presenter Robert De Niro said “f**k Trump” twice sending CBS censors scrambling to bleep his off-colour remarks.

Most didn’t mention the Prez

Most winners and presenters avoided mentioning Mr. Trump, or Trump-ism by name, while making it clear that their sympathies were with the resistance.

Many wore pins for movements such as ‘Time’s Up’ or ribbons highlighting left-leaning organisations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Tony Kushner, the playwright behind Angels in America, was one of the broadcast’s more explicit agitators, who urged people to get out and vote for the mid-term elections in November.

Mr. Kushner told viewers they have “21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet.”

Andrew Garfield, won the Best Leading Actor In A Play, for his character Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the centre of Angels in America.

He referenced a recent Supreme Court order upholding the right of a Colorado baker to refuse to bake a cake for the marriage of a same sex couple.

“Let’s bake a cake for everyone,” Mr. Garfield said.

The Amazing Spiderman actor honoured the LGBTQ community saying, “It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, to shame, and to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly, and we all belong.”

Best Actress In A Play Winner, Glenda Jackson recognised for her work in Three Tall Women, praised the multi-cultural nature of the theatre business.

The Band’s Visit, a story of a group of Egyptian musicians who find themselves bonding with the residents of a small Israeli town, is a plea for tolerance and brotherhood, in a time when tensions are rising in the Middle East.

Nathan Lane of Angels in America nabbed a Best Featured Actor statue for his performance as Roy Cohn, a venal power-broker who was a mentor to Mr. Trump.

Lindsay Mendez, picked up the Tony for Best Featured Actress for her work in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

Director David Cromer was also honoured for his work on the play, and used his time to send a message to people suffering from depression. The Band’s Visitconcerns people who have lost hope, he said, beseeching those who are suffering to “call out.” His speech came days after celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide.

Three Tall Women’s Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony in as many years for best featured actress in a play.

Co-hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban kicked off the ceremony here at the Radio City Music Hall with a piano duet in which they poked fun at the fact that neither of them have won Tony or Grammy Awards.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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