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Tony victor Andrew Garfield slices into Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling

Tony victor Andrew Garfield slices into Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling

Filipina Broadway star Lea Salonga returned to the Tony Awards stage on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as she joined the rest of the cast of "Once On This Island" to perform an excerpt from the nominated show. Bring back smart, sophisticated shows for New Yorkers, not Iowans.

Ari'el Stachel, the California-born son of an Israeli-Yemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from NY, won the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as a romantic Egyptian trumpeter in "The Band's Visit".

Neither Bareilles nor Groban have won a Grammy or a Tony despite selling millions of albums and appearing on Broadway. To give some sporting context to those numbers and more, the 2017 and the Hamilton infused 2016 Tony Awards were both up against National Hockey League playoff games, while the 2015 Tony Awards went head-to-head with that year's ultimately Golden State Warriors winning NBA Finals.

CBS was so sure she'd win that it broadcast the award on the live telecast rather than relegating it, as it has done for years, to the pre-telecast hour, where they give all the awards to people nobody has ever heard of. "This one's for the loser inside of you".

"Let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked", Garfield said during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Play, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial June 4 decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop same-sex wedding cake case. Stachel looked stunned as he accepted his award, saying that for years, he hid his Middle Eastern background but was now proud to embrace it. Of those 14, nine were also first-time nominees, including Lindsay Mendez (Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel) and David Cromer (Direction of a Musical for The Band's Visit). He beat out Bartlett Sher, who was expected to win for his revival of "My Fair Lady".

Best Revival of a Musical: "Once on This Island".

Michael Arden directs and Camille A. Brown choreographs the first revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's musical, which began previews on November 9, 2017 and opened on December 3. In the coming months, Sasson Gabai, the veteran Israeli actor who portrayed the lead role of Tawfiq in the film, will be taking on the role on Broadway as well. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two", which is easier to defend as a galvanizing dramatic event than as a model of playwriting, was honored for its endlessly imaginative staging.

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who both made their Broadway debuts in recent seasons, will host the show at Radio City Music Hall.

During the ceremony, Robert De Niro directed an expletive at US President Donald Trump when introducing a performance from Bruce Springsteen, causing the network to bleep him while live on air. It's not yet clear if the ratings for America's premier theater awards will rebound from last year's 15-year low, but quantity does not always equate to quality - especially if you're reaching the right people.


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