'The Band’s Visit' wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical

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Plus, there will be numbers from the casts in the Best Musical category: "The Band's Visit" (which will bring home a Tony), "Frozen", "Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob Squarepants".

"The Band's Visit", a gentle show about longing, loneliness and the Middle East, triumphed over three much better known productions to win the Tony Award for best new musical Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall.

Also accepting for his performance in The Band's Visit, Tony Shalhoub choked up paying tribute to his ancestors who landed on Ellis Island.

U.S. musical The Band's Visit was the other big victor.

"I'm gonna say one thing: "F*** Trump!" he exclaimed".

Robert De Niro had a few choice words for President Donald Trump while the legendary actor was on stage at Sunday's Tony Awards to introduce Bruce Springsteen's musical performance. "It is a spirit that says "no" to oppression, it is a spirit that says "no" to bigotry, "no" to shame, "no" to exclusion".

Not everyone was super impressed with the goat however - Twitter blew up with people commenting on Angels in America star/Best Featured Actor in a Play, Nathan Lane saying 'NOPEEEE' to feeding the goat. "May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us", he said.

Best Actress in a play victor Glenda Jackson, recognised for work in "Three Tall Women", praised the multi-cultural nature of the theatre business.

Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, talented and likable if not terribly thrilling, made somewhat subdued hosts, opening the show with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there - including them.

Garfield, who in "Angels in America" plays Prior Walter, a gay man coping with AIDS and abandonment by his boyfriend, dedicated his award to "the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love" as they choose.

The audience figure is a slight rebound from the 2017 ceremony, which was watched by 6.05 million viewers - the Tonys' smallest TV audience since 2012.

"The Broadway audience is getting younger", St. Martin added, noting that last season a fourth of the audience was under 25, the youngest in history and a trend she sees continuing.

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