While I can't confirm that honorary award recipient (for theater education) Melody Herzfeld was Jewish, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama teacher's moment was a highlight of the night; a choir of Parkland students sang a moving "Seasons of Love".
The American Theatre Wing's 72nd Annual Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Both Shalhoub, whose father immigrated from Lebanon, and Stachel, whose father was born in Israel of Yemeni-Jewish heritage, acknowledged their roots in emotional speeches.
"We're getting messages from kids all over the Middle East thanking us and telling us how transformative our representation is for them". Bareilles cohosted the Tonys with Josh Groban.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane, "Angels in America".
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, "Three Tall Women".
Lindsay Mendez of "Carousel", named best featured actress in a musical, tearfully recalled that early in her career, "I was told to change my last name from "Mendez" to 'Matthews, ' or I wouldn't work". 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.
Angels in America - a two-part play which lasts nearly eight hours - was first shown in 1991, but Andrew told Newsbeat previous year that the play's message is still relevant.
This story has been corrected to show that the official after-party was at the Plaza Hotel, not the Ritz Hotel.