Tony Awards 2018: ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Angels in America’ Win Big

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” nabbed best play and “Angels in America” was recognized as best play revival in an emotional Tony Awards that mixed Broadway razzle-dazzle with politically-charged calls to arms.Ostensibly a celebration of theater, the Tonys were also an opportunity for Broadway to talk up the virtues of inclusion and diversity, while also drawing attention to gay rights and gun control. Without directly mentioning President Donald Trump or Trump-ism by name, winners and presenters at the Tonys made it clear that their sympathies are with the resistance. Many wore pins trumpeting movements such as Time’s Up or ribbons highlighting left-leaning organizations such as the Aclu.Tony Kushner, the playwright behind “Angels in America,” was most explicit, urging people to get out and vote in the mid-term elections in November. Telling viewers they have “21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet.”Andrew Garfield won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a play for his work as Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the center of “Angels in America.” In a teary speech, Garfield said playing Walter was the biggest honor of his life. ...

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