6 things you should know happened at Sunday’s Tony Awards

6 things you should know happened at Sunday’s Tony Awards

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Stars talk about change and equality on Tonys red carpet
Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY

1. The Band’s Visit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child clean up. 

Pop culture dominated Sunday’s awards, with high-profile musicals Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants among the most nominated shows of the night. But it was Harry Potter, with six including best play, and Band’s, with 10 including best musical, that impressed most, taking top honors. 

2. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban salute the losers.

The Waitress and Great Comet actors proved winning hosts, with plenty of songs and self-referential winks, including an opening that poked fun at the fact that neither of them has won a Tony, despite starring gigs on Broadway. “Neither of us has won anything,” Groban joked, shortly before inviting members of current Broadway ensembles on stage for a tongue-in-cheek parody. “It is what it is.”

More: Winners: Who took home Tony Awards?

3. Bruce Springsteen gets mixed reviews.

The Boss was in the house to promote his fast-selling theatrical outing, Springsteen on Broadway, which has been playing to largely sold-out houses since last fall. But the musician’s performance on the Tonys was met with many shrugs, as some Twitter users referred to the sappy, spoken-word-heavy set as an “800-year monologue” and “rejected Folger’s commercial.”

4. Robert De Niro is bleeped for comments about Trump.

Introducing Springsteen, who earned a special Tony Award for his Broadway run this past year, De Niro began by saying, “I’m just going to say one thing: (Expletive) Trump!  It’s no longer ‘down with Trump.’ It’s ‘(expletive) Trump!’ ” The profane declaration was met with both uncomfortable laughter and applause from those in Radio City Music Hall. The expletives were bleeped by CBS.

5. Actors get political as they pick up top honors. 

Actors weren’t afraid to get political in their speeches Sunday night. Andrew Garfield, accepting the award for best lead actor in a play for Angels in America, referenced the recent Supreme Court ruling around a Colorado cake shop that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple. “We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake,” Garfield said. “We need to change everything. We need to start over. The old guard needs to quietly vanish into the night and graciously give the world to the new generation.”

6. Parkland students deliver an emotional performance. 

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who endured a mass shooting in February that killed 17, made a surprise showing when they sang Seasons of Love from Rent, bringing many audience members to tears and earning a standing ovation. 

 

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