Harry Potter, Andrew Garfield, Glenda Jackson win top Tony Awards

With Tony for 'The Band's Visit,' Ari'el Stachel Embraces His Roots

With Tony for 'The Band's Visit,' Ari'el Stachel Embraces His Roots

But there were still plenty of musicals represented on-stage, and thanks to the musical talents of co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, there was still plenty of singing on stage Sunday night.

72nd Annual Tony Awards - Photo Room - New York, U.S., 10/06/2018 - The cast and producers of "The Band's Visit" pose backstage with their awards, which include the Tony for Best Musical.

In one of the ceremony's most mesmerizing moments, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured numerous young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony Award stage.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ari'el Stachel, "The Band's Visit".

Springsteen, whose show started as a limited 8-week run in October 2017 will play for 236 performances before year's end, said appearing on Broadway has been "one of the most exciting things I've ever experienced".


Also accepting for his performance in The Band's Visit, Tony Shalhoub choked up paying tribute to his ancestors who landed on Ellis Island. However, the portion of the night that moved the audience to tears was a dedication to Melody Herzfeld, a drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who sheltered 65 of her students as a shooter opened fire throughout the Florida school in February (18).

Springsteen also received a special Tony, presented by Billy Joel, for his successful and critically acclaimed show, Springsteen on Broadway. Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at the school, has been credited with saving lives by barricading students into a classroom closet during the Valentine's Day mass shooting that killed 17 people.

Legendary actress Jackson, 82, meanwhile is virtually sure to win her first Tony for her star turn in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women". But beyond the standard slew of speeches and awards, an unexpectedly delightful moment from Broadway's biggest night came during the red carpet debut of Sparky, one of the four-legged goat stars of Once On This Island. "So this is for the people who lose", they sang.

But musical Mean Girls, based on the 2004 film, went away empty-handed after receiving 12 nominations. This production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope and the set includes a sand-filled beach, water, chickens and of course goats.

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