NEW YORK – The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times are local):
A British revival of “Angels in America” Tony Kushner’s monumental two-part drama about AIDS, life and love during the years 1980, won the Tony Award for best play revival.
The show is an amazing kaleidoscopic seven hours with a range of characters, Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a young man with AIDS, his cowardly ex-lover, a Mormon housewife, the world’s oldest living Bolshevik and a high-flying winged creature.
The latest version stars Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, and it will be the best revival Olivier Award. It is directed by Marianne Elliott, a veteran of the “War Horse” and “the curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time.”
They struck out, “Three big Women”, “The Iceman Cometh,” “Lobby Hero” and “Travesties.”
Both Lane and Garfield won acting Tony Awards earlier Sunday.
J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” franchise has cast its spell on Broadway, winning the best new play Tony Award.
The win for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, adds the franchise the term of seven bestselling books and eight blockbuster movies.
The two play, who picks up 19 years where Rowling’s latest novel, preserved, and shows Potter and his friends as grown-ups, won nine Olivier Awards in London for his coming to America and enchanting critics and audiences alike.
They beat out “The Kids” or ” – Vintage and The King,” “Junk” and “Latin History for Idiots.”
John Tiffany won his second director of the Tony Award for his work on the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
Tiffany previously won a Tony for directing the musical “Once.” He was also nominated for the 2014 revival of “The Glass Menagerie.” Tiffany won the directed by Olivier Award for ‘ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
Tiffany was the Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012. Some of his other credits include “Black Watch” and “The Ambassador.”
He defeated Marianne Elliott, Joe Mantello, Patrick Marber, and George C. Wolfe.
David Cromer won his first Tony Award for directing “The Band’s Visit.”
The musical is based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, the songs of David Yazbek and a cynical story by Itamar Moses. It runs on the members of an Egyptian police orchestra is booked to play in a concert in an Israeli city that is accidentally in the wrong town.
Cromer directed the short duration of the Neil Simon revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in 2009 and 2011, the revival of John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves.” He drew acclaim for two productions in the off-Broadway Barrow Street Theatre — “Tribes” and “Our Town,” because who played the Stage Manager in addition to directing.
He grew up just outside Chicago in Skokie, Illinois, and won a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2010. He taught acting and directing at Columbia College Chicago for 15 years and has often returned to the work of Tennessee Williams.
He defeated Michael Arden, Casey Nicholaw, Tina Landau, and Bartlett Sher.
Glenda Jackson has added to her impressive cv with a Tony Award for best actress in a play.
The 82-year-old British actress won her first Tony for playing a flinty woman who at the end of her life in the new revival of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”
Jackson has two Academy Awards, for 1970’s “Women in Love” and 1973’s “A Touch of Class, and the credits in movies such as “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” “Mary, Queen of Scots” and ” Hedda.” She won two emmys for the title role in the tv miniseries “Elizabeth R.”
She stepped back from acting in the early 1990s to enter politics and is famous for 2013 in a speech she gave after the death of Margaret Thatcher, bitterly denouncing the late prime minister.
They beat Condola Rashad, Lauren Ridloff, and Amy Schumer.
A heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people who will change as a result of the February school shooting in the Park, Florida, is distinguished from the Tony Award stage.
Melody herzfeld who works, the one-woman drama department at marjory Stoneman Douglas high School, was applauded by the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
Herzfeld who works saved 65 lives by barricading students in a small classroom closet on Valentine’s day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people.
That they later encouraged many of her students to lead the national movement for gun reform, including organizing the march For Our Live demonstration and the charity single “Shine.”
The members of herzfeld who works in the drama department then took the stage to sing “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”
Nathan Lane won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his role in “Angels in America.”
Laurie Metcalf won best featured actress in a play earlier Sunday for her role in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” It is Metcalf’s second Tony win — she won best actress last year for ‘A Doll’s House, 2.”
Lane’s win is the second of the evening for “Angels in America” actor. Andrew Garfield won for best actor earlier in the evening.
Andrew Garfield won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a play for his work in “Angels in America” Tony Kushner’s monumental drama about the life and love during the 1980s.
Garfield plays a young gay man living with AIDS in the sprawling, seven-hour revival opposite Nathan Lane.
Previously, he was nominated for a role in “Death of a Salesman” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Garfield is nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Hacksaw Ridge.” His other film with “The Social Network” in 2010 and 2012 superhero movie “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its 2014 sequel.
He defeated Tom Hollander, Jamie Parker, Mark Rylance and Denzel Washington.
Tony Award co-host Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles has gotten from the show began with a self-parodying duet on the piano for all the losers out there — including them.
Neither Bareilles nor Groban won a Grammy or a Tony, despite the sale of millions of records, and on Broadway hit shows. They turned that into a playful number.
“Let’s not forget that 90 percent of us are left with empty hands tonight. So this is for the people who are losing/Most of us have been in your shoes,” they sang in the joyful opening number. “This is for the loser inside of you.”
The co-hosts then noted that such noted shows as “Hair” and “Into the Woods” is not winning the best musical prize. Nor did the Waitress,” the show Bareilles wrote the music for it.
At the end of the song, the pair were accompanied by more than a dozen members of the ensemble of each of this year’s nominated musicals.
Condola Rashad has a special reason to celebrate on the Tony Award red carpet Sunday. She has also just closed its show, “Saint Joan.”
The actress says that she is “a lot of emotions today.” They likened it to the last day of school mixed with prom and graduation at the same time. She says: “It is a party.”
The daughter of Phylicia Rashad and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad earned for best actress in a drama nomination for playing joan of Arc in the play by George Bernard Shaw, who ended his run with a Sunday matinee. Her father and sisters were her dates to the Tonys.
She says: “it really is a great opportunity for us to come together.”
Rashad also earned a 2012 Tony nomination for “Stick Fly” and plays a district attorney on the Showtime series “Billions.”
Broadway is SpongeBob, Ethan Slater, has walked the red carpet with a ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union, pinned to a lapel.
He says the organisation is “incredibly important for our country” when it comes to guarding civil liberties. He called his show “in line with the values of the ACLU.”
How exactly? Well, in terms of diversity, for one.
The “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical contains Sandy the squirrel, a scapegoat for Bikini Bottom problems that are destined for exile.
Slater is calling the story line “really relevant to the Islamic prohibition” in the United States and the way in which he says that “Muslim-Americans are treated.”
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has no problem with nerves when he’s at the head of the Tony Awards. His tribute to come once inside everything is sewn as an honorary tribute.
The musical theater legend says the feeling is wonderful: “I don’t have to worry about.” He says all he has to do is “just go and get it.”
Webber says this season on Broadway is exciting, in particular the middle of musicals with lots of great new writers. He also praised the evening’s co-host, Sara Bareilles, for her work in the recently televised rock opera he co-created back in 1970, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Webber describes Bareilles as an “extraordinary actress, particularly through music.
Andrew Garfield says the social message of “Angels in America” is a big part of the reason why he agreed to star as Pryor Walter.
The nominee says on the Tony red carpet that he doesn’t want to “tell a story, unless it has the potential to change people.”
The British actor says that the eight hours of play is just as relevant as it was 25 years ago, when Tony Kushner performed for the first time and won a Pulitzer Prize for his trouble.
Garfield says theatre should be political, and mirror of the times in which we now sit. Otherwise, he says, “we’re waste of everyone’s time.”
Josh Groban is promising “a really fun Tony Awards.
Says the first co-host: “I’m really excited about the show we are ready for everyone tonight.” He says that it was a fun season, and he called co-host Sara Bareilles “brilliant.”
He says that the opportunity to work together and bounce ideas off her, “is nothing less than a dream come true.”
He adds “We’re just going to go out and be ourselves.” Groban promises the show is a combination of smooth and two musical theatre geeks “total weirdo.”
For her part, Bareilles says that she “just wants to stay present.” She added that it was her duty to make sure that everyone else is having a good time, say: “that is the goal — people pleasing.”
Cynthia Erivo and Brian Tyree Henry say that the theatre is a perfect place to deal with social problems.
Says Henry, who is nominated for his work in “Lobby Hero”: “It is happening right in front of your face.” He adds that something on the stage stimulates difficult problems to be worked by strangers.
He says that the cast and audience of a show go on a ride together and hopefully create a platform for discussion.
Erivo, winner of the best actress in a musical award for her work in “The Color Purple” in 2016, agrees: “People can see themselves living.” They say theatre gives people a chance to express themselves freely.
John Leguizamo adds, there are no “gatekeepers” in the theater, that numerous views.
“Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, walked the red carpet at the Tony Awards on Sunday for the first time equal nominees.
Robert Lopez co-devised and co-writer of the mega hit musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon,” both earning him Tony Awards. “Frozen” Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s first nomination.
“I am so proud of her,” her husband said. “She has been here for my plus-one.” His advice to her was “enjoy this thing.” It might be scary, but he calls it a ‘ prom.”
Anderson-Lopez acknowledged she was going to be nervous for the cast of “Frozen” and assumed that they would share their butterflies. Joked her husband: “They will talk about every word along with them.”
The Tony Awards dress rehearsal — normally with some actual stars are present — got a shock of A-list crowd this year, including Tina Fey, Kelli O’hara, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Leguizamo, Tituss Burgess and Bruce Springsteen.
The four-hour rehearsal at the Radio City Music Hall, allows producers to go through the show from start to finish before the broadcast of Sunday. Usually, stand-ins are used for Hollywood presenters, who prefer to press the snooze button.
But the crowd this time cheered loudly when Patti Lupone, Uzo Aduba, Ming-Na Wen, Melissa Benoist, Tatiana Maslany, Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart and Rachel Brosnahan was to be seen in the flesh.
The highlight was Springsteen, who walked on stage in a T-shirt and jeans, carried out with a song on the piano from his sold-out one-man show, and went off to a standing ovation.
The Tony Awards kick off on Sunday night with a few of the first time hosts, there is no clear juggernaut such as “Hamilton” to cheer, but probably help by Bruce Springsteen.
Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles face their biggest audience ever and a careful political consideration when they co-host the CBS broadcast of the massive 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall.
The buzz will appear on the tv broadcast can dictate a show of the future, both on Broadway and on tour. Broadway producers will be grateful for this year that the transmission is not able to compete with the NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games.