'The Band's Visit' and 'Harry Potter' win big at Tonys

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"The Band's Visit", a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, dominated its categories during the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night, winning awards for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lighting Design, Best Orchestration and Best Sound Design.

Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield took home acting prizes and rocker Bruce Springsteen received a special Tony, while a revival of the AIDS drama "Angels in America" was named best play revival and "Once On This Island" won best musical revival.

Bravo to Ari'el Stachel, who just won his first Tony Award!

Biggest Missed Opportunity: Tony Shalhoub won for his performance in The Band's Visit, but not for Best Mustache on Broadway. Garfield ended his speech with an reference to the recent Supreme Court ruling, which found that a Colorado bakery was legally permitted to deny service to customers attempting to order a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding.

The Band's Visit, the Broadway musical based on an Israeli film, swept the Tony Awards on Sunday night, taking home 10 prizes - including best musical - at the ceremony in NY.

Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. The Tony Awards crowd proved a perfectly suitable liberal environment for a fresh statement, featuring for example, the outspoken anti-Trump survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical.

Two of the shows going into the night with the leading number of nominations - Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob SquarePants", with 12 nods each - found the night tough. She told the crowd how early in her career, she'd been encouraged to change her last name to Matthews to better her chances of playing non-minority roles.

Worst Sia Cover: Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles returned to the stage for a Broadway-themed take on Sia's song, "Chandelier". Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply a year ago.

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