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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”

Robert De Niro dropped an F-bomb onstage during Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony in a vulgar diatribe aimed at President Trump that got a standing ovation from the Broadway insider crowd at Radio City Musical Hall.

De Niro's comments brought the cheering crowd at Radio City Music Hall to its feet but were bleeped for US television audiences.

Among those tapped as Tony Awards presenters are Oscar victor Robert DeNiro, Grammy champ Billy Joel and Kennedy Center honoree Mikhail Baryshnikov. One production number after another, from "My Fair Lady" to "Carousel" (with Justin Peck's choreography) to "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" tapped that current. Victory in the category of best featured actor in a musical went to Ari'el Stachel of "The Band's Visit".

"Thanks for making me so welcome on your block", Springsteen said, accepting his award for his phenomenally successful solo show. "The boss", said Joel, noting Springsteen's hundreds of sold-out performances, "is working hard".

Veteran actress Chita Rivera and British musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber received lifetime achievement awards, while actor, writer and comedian John Leguizamo was given a special Tony for his one-man show, "Latin History for Morons".

Notable Nominations: Leading the pool of nominations this year are Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, each with 12 and both up for the coveted Best Musical accolade. She explained that she had been told to change her last name "from Mendez to Matthews" or risk not being hired, but held fast and earned a Tony Award to prove them wrong.

One of the show highlights was the lively performance by the cast of Once on This Island that included a sand-filled beach, real water and a goat. Bareilles and Groban will try to do that while also eviscerating any memory of last year's Tony host, Kevin Spacey, who since then has been accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault.

The pair will also hope to end a ratings slide following the 2016 edition that was led by Hamilton, which drew 8.73 million viewers.



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