Tony Awards 2018: Highlights, winners

Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2018 05:32 AM

 

NEW YORK - It was a night of love and diversity at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards.

Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent."

The students honored teacher Melody Herzfeld, who was the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.

Performers and nominees at the Tonys, meanwhile, stressed the importance of diversity.

"I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn't work and I just want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality and to all of you artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note," Lindsay Mendez said.

Mendez won the best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical.

"We are all sacred and we all belong so let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked. Thank you so much," said Andrew Garfield, who won for his work in "Angels in America."

But the most unforgettable words came from two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro while introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen.

He burst out expletives against United States President Donald Trump in front of the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"I'm going to say one thing. **** Trump," he said.

"It's no longer down with Trump. It's **** Trump."

CBS may have bleeped De Niro for its millions of viewers, but those who attended the Tonys heard exactly what the actor said.

"It’s apparent that we are a very democratic community and that we support equality, so I’m so honored to be part of this community, especially kudos to Robert De Niro, big speech of the night, it’s a celebration of the theater so we can never go wrong," said Jhett Tolentino, a Tony-winning producer.

ABS-CBN reached out to the White House for comment, but has not received a response at this time.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" won the Tony for best play while The Band's Visit took home 10 awards, including best musical.