Musical That 'Makes Borders Disappear' Wins 10 Tonys

The Band's Visit left Harry Potter in 2nd place
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2018 12:39 AM CDT
The Band's Visit Scores 10 Tonys
Co-hosts Josh Groban, left, and Sara Bareilles appear on stage at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York.   (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

The American, grown-up musical The Band's Visit outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 statuettes, including best musical, on a night where the theme of acceptance flowed through the telecast, the AP reports. The Band's Visit is based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name and centers on members of an Egyptian police orchestra booked to play a concert at an Israeli city who accidentally end up in the wrong town. "In The Band's Visit, music gives people hope and makes borders disappear," producer Orin Wolf said upon accepting the best new musical crown. Star Tony Shalhoub won as best leading man in a musical and the show's Katrina Lenk won best actress in a musical.

The two-part spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child captured six Tonys, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations, and director for John Tiffany. A British revival of Angels in America, Tony Kushner's monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life, and love during the 1980s, grabbed three big awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. In other wins, 82-year-old Glenda Jackson added to her impressive resume with a Tony Award for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. That show also yielded the featured actress win to Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf. Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. "This is deeply appreciated, and thanks for making me feel so welcome on your block," the Boss said. Click for a full list of winners.

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