The Tony Awards reach out for some help from The Boss

The Tony Awards reach out for some help from The Boss

This year's performances were varied and delightful: The playful razzle-dazzle of Squidward's four-footed tap dance in SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical's "I'm Not a Loser"; the bounding, balletic beauty of Carousel's "Blow High, Blow Low"; and the immersive joy of Once On This Island'sshowstopper "Mama Will Provide" - these toe-tapping numbers no doubt sent the hearts of aspiring young thespians across the country aflutter.

But musical Mean Girls, based on the 2004 film, went away empty-handed after receiving 12 nominations.

"So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ who have fought and died to protect that spirit", he said.

David Yazbek picked up Best Score for "The Band's Visit", and Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub, both magnificent in the show, won Best Actress and Best Actor. Nathan Lane, a victor for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America, follows in the footsteps of original Broadway Roy Cohn Ron Liebman, who won in the leading category for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 1993.

Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honors the best of Broadway theater.

In a social media post ahead of the awards show, she said the first time was in 1991 when she was won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Miss Saigon". "We teach this every day in every arts class", she said, ending her speech with "MSD Strong".

In other wins, Glenda Jackson added to her impressive resume with a Tony Award for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. Drama teacher Melody Herzfeld, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (the site of a horrific school shooting), received the Tony Award for excellence in theater education.

It's too bad because Once on This Island proved that it deserved the win with the best performance of the evening, a jubilant event that culminated with Nathan Lane having a close encounter with a goat. Some of the Tony winners and nominees spotted at the fete included Andrew Garfield, Lindsay Mendez, Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, and co-host Sara Bareilles. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".

Special Awards: The Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber. "So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes", they sang in the upbeat opening number. Spacey's ceremony last year drew 6 million viewers, which represented a drop of approximately 31 percent in total viewers from the previous year.

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