The brightest stars of Broadway flocked to Radio City Music Hall for the 2018 Tony Awards, wearing applaud-worthy looks that ranged from regal to romantic. Two past Tony Awards nominees will be your hosts: Sara Bareilles ("Waitress") and Josh Groban ("Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812").
Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama club, whose teacher Melody Herzfeld was honored with the Excellence in Theatre Education Tony, performed the Rent anthem to pay tribute to the victims of the February shooting at their school.
"I'm going to say one thing, F- Trump", De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air. Laurie Metcalf, doubtless having more fun collecting a Tony than she would be having talking about the cancellation of Roseanne, won in the featured category. Yet another former Yale student working on "The Band's Visit" - Kai Harada - took home the award for Best Sound Design of a Musical.
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Herzfeld encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform, including organizing the March For Our Lives demonstration and the charity single "Shine".
Robert De Niro had a simple introduction to Bruce Springsteen's Tony performance.
And one of the biggest moments was Bruce Springsteen performing "My Hometown". But it felt charged with the emotion of theater people - talking about welcoming immigrants, talking about supporting people who don't look like us, talking about supporting kids whose lives are touched by violence. The musical adaptation of the legendary and beloved 2004 film was nominated for a total of 12 Tony Awards, tying SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical for the most of the season. He's a graduate of New York University's Tish drama department.
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. To all artists out there, she said: "Just be your true self and the world will take note". Onstage guests were volunteers and staffers from three organizations that bring relief to areas impacted by natural disasters.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lindsay Mendez, "Carousel".