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Tony Awards 2018: Highlights, winners

Tony Awards 2018: Highlights, winners

Actor Andrew Garfield implored for greater tolerance Sunday night while accepting a Tony Award for his role as Prior Walter, a gay man with AIDS, in a new production of "Angels in America".

The Tony Awards also addressed issues of authenticity and equity in casting.

"Frozen" was nominated for Best Musical, while Jennifer Lee was nominated for Best Book of a Musical, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez were nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

We got a taste of The Band's Visit - this year's victor for Best Musical, among many other victories - via Katrina Lenk's haunting performance of "Omar Sharif".

CBS' three-hour broadcast also featured a performance by the cast of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, as well as a highly anticipated appearance from Bruce Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award for his contributions to Broadway. And we all belong.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ari'el Stachel, "The Band's Visit".

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Katrina Lenk, "The Band's Visit". Producer Orin Wolf said the message was one of unity, in a world that "more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences". The individuals lost to Itamar Moses and David Yazbek, respectively. The show isn't just about Jews and Arabs, he said, "It's about any tribes that have figured out reasons to be at odds with each other".

Who's Hosting?: Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles have been named this year's emcees.

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

"We all belong, so let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked!"

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"And especially that of the LGBTQ community".

He said the spirit of the LGBT community is one that "says no to oppression". "It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly".

While there was clearly an undercurrent of resistance to the current administration in Washington, winners did not overtly attack President Donald Trump. The intimate show, "Springsteen on Broadway" - or as De Niro referred to it, "Jersey Boy" - features the Boss performing his music and sharing stories from his 2016 autobiography "Born to Run". Drilling into the numbers, the live event was up a tiny 2.1% over the Kevin Spacey fronted 71 Tony Awards of June 11, 2017. He told viewers they have "21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet".

Notable Nominations: Leading the pool of nominations this year are Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, each with 12 and both up for the coveted Best Musical accolade. But later, students in her drama department surprised the audience by appearing onstage to sing "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent".

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