Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

"Harry Potter", Glenda Jackson, Andrew Garfield win top Tony Awards

Josh Groban Sara Bareilles Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles. CREDIT Rex Shutterstock
Lora Ball | 11 June, 2018, 09:04

Later, Springsteen performed "My Hometown" on the piano from his sold-out one-man show, "Springsteen on Broadway".

"Harry Potter", a record-setting $69-million two-part production set 19 years after the last of J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won a total of six Tonys including best new play and best director.

Cohosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban and presented by the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League, the Tonys were televised on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in NY.

Second Best Triple Crown: Glenda Jackson was an actress and quit her day job to be a member of Parliament and then returned to Broadway in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, for which she won the Tony Award.

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. Nathan Lane offered up an emotional speech for his win for his portrayal of Roy Cohn, noting, "I'm standing here because Tony [Kushner] wrote one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and it's still speaking to us as strongly as ever".

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Lane, who won for best featured actor in a play, said "Angels" still speaks to society in the midst of "political insanity". Then Ming-Na Wen presented the education award to Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who kept her students safe during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In an upset, "Once on This Island" beat out "My Fair Lady" and "Carousel" for best revival of a musical.

John Tiffany accepts the award for Best Direction of a Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.

Past Tony champs slated to return to the stage to name new winners include John Leguizamo, Patti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply previous year.

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