Tony Awards: ‘The Band’s Visit’ and ‘Harry Potter’ Are Big Winners

Sunday night saw huge wins for The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter at the Tony Awards. The Band’s Visit, based on the 2007 movie of the same name, bagged 10 awards, including best musical. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won best play with 6 awards in total. Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles were the evening’s hosts.


Hosts Groban and Bareilles gamely opened the show with a duet poking fun at how they have never won a Grammy or a Tony. Robert De Niro, during his introduction of Bruce Springsteen’s performance, addressed the president with strong words, causing a stir in the audience and receiving applause and a standing ovation.

Furthermore, a performance by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School moved the entire audience as they performed Rent’s anthem, “Seasons of Love”. The choir from Parkland, Florida survived a mass shooting last February.

Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane brought home acting awards for Angels in America. Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalfe won for Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. The Band’s Visit won three acting awards, Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, and Ari’el Stachel were all winners. Carousel’s Lindsay Mendez also won an acting award.

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