Broadway’s biggest night happened on Sunday, when Radio City Music Hall played host to the 2018 Tony Awards. Read on to see what the show’s six biggest moments were.
It was a big night for actors who have found success in television and movies as well as the Broadway stage. Stars like Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), Tony Shalhoub (The Band’s Visit), Laurie Metcalf (Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women”), and Nathan Lane (Angels in America) took home individual awards for their acting efforts.
Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles played hosts for the evening and did a stellar job in doing so. There were plenty of funny moments between these two throughout the show, but the best one was their performance of “8 Shows a Week” which features lyrics set to the tune of Sia’s number one song “Chandelier.” It poked fun at the brutal Broadway performance schedule that many performers have to endure, which includes them giving up their weekends and barely having any time for vocal rest. “Why the hell is this eight times a week?” they jokingly asked.
One of the more touching moments of the night was when students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School came on stage and performed the song “Seasons of Love” from the iconic Broadway musical Rent. The school’s drama teacher Melody Herzfeld was the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Theatre Education award, where the students sang in tribute of her and the lives that were lost from the tragic shooting on February 14.
There was nothing holding Robert De Niro back on stage Sunday night, as he went in on President Donald Trump shortly before introducing Bruce Springsteen. "I’m going to say this: F**K TRUMP. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s F**K TRUMP.’” All of that was bleeped live on air, however members of the audience tweeted what he said shortly after the words left his mouth.
Fifth time was the charm for Glenda Jackson, who won her first-ever Tony award at the age of 82 last night after five nominations. She won Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in the revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. The 2-time Oscar winner paid tribute to the Parkland High School students during her acceptance speech.
Several of the winners provided some truly emotional moments during their acceptance speeches, notably Ari’el Stachel, who won Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for The Band’s Visit. “For so many years of my life, I pretended I wasn’t a Middle Eastern person,” he admitted as his eyes welled up. “I am part of a cast of actors who never believed they would portray their own races. I want any kid who’s watching to know your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose.”
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