#Tonys2018: All Of The Winners At 🏆The 72nd Annual Tony Awards!🏆
The 72nd annual Tony Awards kicked off Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall, honoring the best and brightest of Broadway for the 2017-’18 season. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban co-hosted a ceremony that, unusually, saw more attention focused on the years two biggest plays — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the landmark revival of Angels in America — than to the musicals.
The 2018 season featured a lighter crop of musicals this year, compared to 2016’s Hamilton and last year’s Dear Evan Hansen. That meant that Cursed Child, the only new play nominee still running, even snagged a nomination for Best Choreography alongside musicals like Spongebob and Mean Girls, which both led the field in number of nominations (12 each). Meanwhile Angels dominated in the play category, edging out everyone’s favorite wizard with a total of 11 nominations to Harry Potter’s 10, and making it the most-nominated play in Tony history.
In the acting category, Andrew Garfield’s Angels performance as prophet Prior Walter edged out veteran stage actor Mark Rylance, who received his fourth Tony nomination for Farinelli and the King, while Garfield’s co-star Nathan Lane picked up his third Tony win for the role as infamous real-life lawyer Roy Cohn.
Many of the shows that were recognized grapple with political issues that have resonance with modern day events. “Angels in America,” unfolds in the 1980’s as AIDS was killing off a generation of gay people — it’s also a time in which a more aggressive form of conservatism was on the rise. Likewise, “The Band’s Visit,” the story of a group of Egyptian musicians who find themselves bonding with the residents of a small Israeli town, is a plea to tolerance and brotherhood at a moment when tensions are rising in the Middle East.
Garfield’s co-star Nathan Lane nabbed a best featured actor statue for his performance as Roy Cohn, a venal power-broker who was a mentor to President Trump. Calling “Angels in America” one of the greatest plays of the Twentieth Century, Lane said, “”it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity.”
Garfield and Lane weren’t the only performers to sound activist notes in their acceptance speeches. Lindsay Mendez, picking up Tony for best featured actress for her work in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel,” noted that she was told to change her last name to Matthews when she first started working professionally. She refused.
“I want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality,” said Mendez.
Choking back tears, best featured actor in a musical winner Ari’el Stachel (“The Band’s Visit”) said he had masked his Middle Eastern heritage after 9/11, even avoiding bringing his parents to events. That changed in part with “The Band’s Visit,”and its portrait of Arabs and Israelis uniting over their shared humanity.
“I’m part of a cast of actors who never believed they’d be able to play their own races and we’re doing that,” said Stachel. He close with a message to younger viewers, telling them “Your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose.”
Stachel’s director David Cromer was also honored for his work on the play, and used his time to send a message to people suffering from depression. “The Band’s Visit” concerns people who have lost hope, he said, beseeching those who are suffering to “call out.” His speech came days after celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide.
“Three Tall Women’s” Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony Award in as many years for best featured actress in a play. She picked up the leading actress statue in 2017 for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”
Here are all of the winners at the 72nd annual Tony Awards
The 2018 Tony Award winners
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Original Score
David Yazkbek, The Band’s Visit
Best Direction of a Play
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Direction of a Musical
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Best Revival of a Musical
Once on This Island
Best Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Best Sound Design of a Play
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
Best Book of a Musical
The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Best Costume Design of a Play
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Regional Theatre Tony Award
La MaMa E. T. C.
Special Tony Award
John Leguizamo, for his body of work and for his commitment to the theatre
Bruce Springsteen, for his ongoing engagement Springsteen on Broadway, a once-in-a-lifetime theatregoing experience for the Broadway stage
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Ernest Winzer Cleaners
2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award
Melody Herzfeld, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Congrats to All the winners