The Best from The 72nd Annual Tony Awards Red Carpet

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Robert De Niro walked onto the stage of the 72nd Tony Awards on Sunday night to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen.

The Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Sing "Seasons of Love" In recognition of their teacher Melody Herzfeld, who was presented with the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award for her bravery during the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida-and her strength to find resilience through art, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department took to the stage to sing "Seasons of Love" from Rent. Garfield's early victory allowed the TV broadcast to begin with a familiar face from the movie "Spider-Man", ideal for younger viewers who then got to see both Fey and a scene from her nominated musical, "Mean Girls". Two expletives earned him a standing ovation and a shower of admiration from the liberal crowd.

"Harry Potter", a record-setting $69 million two-part production set 19 years after the last of J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won a total of six Tonys including best new play and best director.

For Ari'el Stachel, starring in the musical "The Band's Visit" was part of a coming out journey of sorts. And we have a word for that: "bullsh*t", he said last week while praising the winners of the first Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin American Writer Award in NY.

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza set up semi-final; Nadal in limbo
After racing through the first set, Halep saved three break points in a marathon ninth game of the second which lasted 13 minutes. Like Halep, Stephens is an incredibly talented defensive player, and she kept stretching points Thursday until Keys would err.

The Band's Visit marks Stachel's Broadway debut.

The brief, nearly token, insult provoked a disproportionately strong reaction from the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall. However, "Carousel" choreographer Justin Peck won the Tony, and cast member Lindsay Mendez won the the Tony for best supporting actress. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work. To all artists out there, she said: "Just be your true self and the world will take note". Onstage guests were volunteers and staffers from three organizations that bring relief to areas impacted by natural disasters.

But The Band's Visit wasn't the only Israel presence at the awards ceremony. Broadway producers will be thankful this year that the telecast won't have to compete with any NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games.

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