Kerry Washington attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City.
Upon accepting the award, Tiffany announced that it was his boyfriend David Knock's birthday and encouraged the crowd at New York's Radio City Music Hall to sing "Happy Birthday". "This is a play for those people, to remind them that they were created perfectly". "My hope is one day our stories won't be the exception, but the rule". The two-part production originally won two Tonys for Best Play: for part one, "Millennium Approaches" (1993), and part two, "Perestroika" (1994). "To all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note".
"The Band's Visit", about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in a remote Israeli desert town, forcing both sides to get to know each other, triumphed over much flashier shows to win best musical Sunday night - and a total of 10 awards. "And they're looking at me right now and I can't believe it".
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"It asks 'What do we do when our lives are being threatened, when the powers that be don't deem our particular community worthy enough?'" he said.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" actor said it was his "profound privilege" to star in the play "at a moment in time where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit".
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield, "Angels in America".
The award speech for Best Musical at the end of the night even included some butchered Hebrew (it seems a producer was just trying to say "I love you" to his kids), and echoed the recurring themes of the evening of diversity and tolerance ("In the end we are far more alike than different.").