The Tony Awards will offer a limited number of student tickets for its annual telecast on Sunday, June 10, at Radio City Music Hall.
"I never dreamed that one day I, a Brit of all things, would be honoured with the same lifetime award that my idol won, by my peers and the true home of the musical, Broadway". Follow along to get a behind-the-scenes look at the show and to see what producers, creative teams and actors are saying after their big wins. That show also yielded the featured actress win to Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf.
Budgeted at less than $10 million, "The Band's Visit" flattened "Mean Girls", Disney's "Frozen" and Viacom's "SpongeBob Square Pants", all of which cost tens of millions of dollars to bring to Broadway.
Worst Sia Cover: Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles returned to the stage for a Broadway-themed take on Sia's song, "Chandelier". "Neither one of us has every won anything", the duo sang cheerfully, before inviting ensemble players from every Tony-nominated musical on stage to join them for a rare moment of spotlight glory.
Garfield said as he accepted his first Tony award.
But when Itamar Moses, one of those little-known people, beat Tina Fey for his book for "The Band's Visit", you knew something was up. Many critics have tapped "The Band's Visit" as their odds-on favorite to be crowned best new musical. 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.
A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony victor on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes. "Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back", she said (via CNN).
The show will be a sort of victory lap for a Broadway season that saw grosses hit another record high by pulling in US$1.7 billion - up 17.1 per cent over last season's US$1.45 billion.