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Tony Awards winners take the stage to accept their gongs

12 June 2018

Ari'el Stachel, accepting for his featured performance in The Band's Visit, fought back tears explaining that he hid his Middle Eastern identity following September 11, encouraging people to embrace who they are: "Your biggest obstacle may be your greatest goal". Accepting his Tony Award, Stachel said: "I am part of a cast that never believed they would be able to portray members of our own races".

Actor Robert De Niro took the stage at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards Sunday night to introduce his friend Bruce Springsteen - but his introduction took a slight detour.

Angels in America won three Tonys, far less by comparison, but it was second only to Harry Potter in the realm of plays.

The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans past year. "It is a spirit that says "no" to oppression, it is a spirit that says "no" to bigotry, "no" to shame, "no" to exclusion".

Praising playwright Tony Kushner, an emotional Lane said, "Tony wrote one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity". Garfield said during his acceptance speech, referencing the Supreme Court's decision to side with a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple. "Let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked!"

Andrew Lloyd Webber was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

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She then later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform, including organising the March For Our Lives demonstration and the charity single Shine.

This was Salonga's fourth time on the Tony stage.

The show also won best actor and best actress for its stars, Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, and best original score for David Yazbek.

Springsteen also received a special Tony, presented by Billy Joel, for his successful and critically acclaimed show, Springsteen on Broadway.

"Thanks for making me so welcome on your block", Springsteen said, accepting his award for his phenomenally successful solo show.

Tony Awards winners take the stage to accept their gongs