NEW YORK – The musical “The Band’s Visit” made a clean sweep on Sunday at the 72nd Tony Awards, picking up 10 trophies, including best musical.
“The Band’s Visit” was in competition with “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which won one Tony, “Frozen” and “Mean Girls” in the best musical category.
It also took away gongs for best performances by an actress and an actor in leading musical roles, best original score, best direction of a musical, best musical sound design and best orchestrations, among others.
“The Band’s Visit,” which tells the story of an Egyptian orchestra that lands in Israel by mistake, is also based on a lesser-known Israeli movie which tasted success on Broadway following its debut off the commercial circuit.
The other big winner of the night, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won six trophies, including best play and best play direction, proving that the $68 million it cost to make it had been well invested.
“Angels in America” won three awards, including best revival of a play, best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play and best actor in a featured role in a play.
The play, which caused sensation in 1993 narrating the AIDS crisis in New York, has now returned to Broadway led by actor Andrew Garfield, who dedicated his best performance award to the LGBT community and claimed that United States President Donald Trump represented the antithesis of his work.
Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo received Special Tony Awards, as did Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber for lifetime achievements in theater.
A performance by “The Boss” was one of the most electrifying moments of the gala, along with the students of the Parkland, Florida school where there was a deadly mass shooting in February, who sang “Seasons of Love” from Rent.