Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Andrew Garfield Dedicates His Tony Award to LGBTQ Community

Michael Cera and wife Nadine Michael Cera and wife Nadine Mike Coppola Getty Images
Freda Brock | 11 June, 2018, 09:40

Robert De Niro introduced Bruce Springsteen's performance of a piano-accompanied version of "My Hometown", at the Tony Awards, and opened his speech by dropping two profane comments aimed at President Donald Trump.

Broadway is in danger of becoming a theme park, but Tony voters staged a revolution Sunday night, saying, in effect: No more shows based on famous movies or cartoons. David Cromer was named best director of a musical for "The Band's Visit, " and John Tiffany won for best direction of a play for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child".

Andrew Garfield won his first Tony, for best leading actor in a play, for playing a young gay man living with AIDS in the sprawling, seven-hour revival Angels in America opposite Lane. Lane, who won for best featured actor in a play, said "Angels" still speaks to society in the midst of "political insanity". To win, "The Band's Visit" prevailed over three brand-name franchises: "Frozen, " "Mean Girls, " and "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical".

Continued the actor, "I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit, to protect that message". The smart bet was that Broadway would give her a Tony for her script. 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.

China Has No Evidence of Alleged Illness of US Diplomats
The Canadian government followed suit in April and directed the families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home. Recall that from China sent several American diplomats and their family members to undergo medical examinations.

Orin Wolf, center, and the cast and crew of "The Band's Visit" accept the award for best musical at the 72nd annual Tony Awards.

Although most of the speakers at the Tony Awards avoided mentioning Trump by name, many sporting "Times Up" pins and highlighting left-leaning organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union.

In her acceptance speech, telling Tony hopefuls to be true to themselves, Mendez said that when she had first moved to NY, she had been told she would need to change her name. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".

Most Famous Goat: Once On This Island won best musical revival, meaning that its resident goat is now the most famous goat on Broadway. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply a year ago.

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