Harry Potter play wins six Tony awards

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Andrew Garfield, the Best Leading Actor in a play, won for his work as Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the centre of "Angels in America". Shalhoub thanked his immigrant father, and said he hopes "we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us". "It is a spirit that says "no" to oppression, it is a spirit that says "no" to bigotry, "no" to shame, "no" to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly".

Garfield went on to reference the recent supreme court decision which ruled narrowly for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

"Let's bake a cake for everyone", Garfield said.

Musician Bruce Springsteen will be given a special Tony Award for his concert residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre in NY.

And Robert De Niro, while introducing living legend Bruce Springsteen, was bleeped on the TV broadcast - but also nabbed a standing ovation - when he, according to reports from the room, said, "I just want to say one thing: fuck Trump".

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The Tonys, hosted by singer-songriter-actors Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, capped another record year on Broadway with $1.7 billion in box office receipts, despite the smallest number of new productions in 20 years. He also dedicated the honour to "the countless LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people who have fought and died for the right to live and love as we are created to".

This one's for the losers! "The Band's Visit" - which chronicles the adventures of a band of Egyptian musicians - won more Tony awards than any other show on Sunday night. The closest runner-up, with six, was the blockbuster London import "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which won best play.

Bruce Springsteen got a special Tony Award in recognition of his ecstatically reviewed show, "Springsteen on Broadway", during which he sings stripped-down versions of some of his best-known songs and tells stories from his memoir.

A selection of "Mean Girls" was near the top of the show, one of several productions that would be featured during the ceremony.

But with a nod to theater history, acclaimed revivals of classic musicals "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady" and Eugene O'Neill's play "The Iceman Cometh" shared this season's spotlight, while Glenda Jackson returned to Broadway after 30 years, mostly spent as a British politician. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work.

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