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Israeli-American actor wins Tony for role in 'The Band's Visit' musical

Israeli-American actor wins Tony for role in 'The Band's Visit' musical

What's so wonderful about the Tony Awards, by contrast, is how seamlessly it blends a celebration of the august and rarified art of theater with the exuberant, zero-chill joy of being a theater geek.

Budgeted at less than $10 million, "The Band's Visit" flattened "Mean Girls", Disney's "Frozen" and Viacom's "SpongeBob Square Pants", all of which cost tens of millions of dollars to bring to Broadway. It tells the story of a small Canadian town that welcomed 7,000 airline passengers whose trips were rerouted by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sunday evening at the 72nd annual Tony Awards, awarding achievements made in the 2017-2018 season of Broadway Productions, Robert De Niro was tasked with introducing Bruce Springsteen for a performance of "My Hometown".

The 2007 film, The Band's Visit, was critically acclaimed when it was released in Israel, receiving 8 Ophir Awards, including best film, best director, best lead actor for Gabbai and best lead actress for the late Ronit Elkabetz.

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"It's f-k Trump", garnering more cheers. Accepting his Tony Award, Stachel said: "I am part of a cast that never believed they would be able to portray members of our own races".

The sweep gained momentum when the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical went to Ari'el Stachel, who plays the tall and handsome trumpet player in the show.

Andrew Garfield won his first Tony, for best leading actor in a play, for playing a young gay man living with AIDS in the sprawling, seven-hour revival Angels in America opposite Lane. She told the crowd how early in her career, she'd been encouraged to change her last name to Matthews to better her chances of playing non-minority roles. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note". Broadway producers will be thankful this year that the telecast won't have to compete with any NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply a year ago.