Musical about Egyptian band in Israel wins big on Broadway

Musical about Egyptian band in Israel wins big on Broadway

Several winners noted that elections are coming in November - among them playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote "Angels in America", which won best revival of a play.

Beyond the prizes, Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro pulled no punches when he delivered an expletive-laden denunciation of US President Donald Trump during the live television broadcast.

While the United States censored the expletives, Aussie viewers were gifted the moment in all of its glory and Twitter was set alight.

He also praised "a cast of actors who never believed they would be able to portray their own races".

Meanwhile, The Band's Visit, about Egyptian musicians performing in Israel, picked up a string of honours - including Best Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Ari'el Stachel.

Best play was won by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - another piece of intellectual property stretched to make something new - and it grabbed best direction of a play as well.

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The biggest upset of the night was in the category of musical revival, which was won by "Once on This Island", beating out two better known shows with bigger box office grosses and wealthier producers, "My Fair Lady" and "Carousel".

"Our Broadway family wants to give and say thanks to you, by sharing the stage with you and your classmates", Morrison said.

"Three Tall Women's" Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony Award in as many years for best featured actress in a play. In addition to Tina Fey's nomination for Best Book, the production was up for Best Musical, and three acting awards for Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park and Grey Henson, for their teen roles as Regina George, Gretchen Wieners and Damian Hubbard, respectively.

Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked the show off with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there - including them.

The play's cast and crew were there to pick up the awards, including Jamie Parker, who performed during the show as the grown-up Harry Potter, and Jack Thorne, who wrote the plays and is now adapting Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials for TV. Lindsay Mendez, accepting for her featured performance in Carousel, offered a similar message, recalling early career advice that she change her name to sound less Latina: "Be your true self and the world will take note". After the audience settled, De Niro got back to talking about Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award during Sunday night.

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