Tony Awards 2018: How Robert De Niro And A Goat Stole The Show
The 72nd annual Tony Awards were WILD.
It was a star-studded occasion for the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday, but while celebs dressed to the nines for their red carpet appearance, all eyes on surprise guest Sparky the goat -- star of the hit Broadway revival Once On This Island.
Ever since he captured the hearts of theatregoers in the Tony award-winning production, which tells the story of star-crossed love in the Caribbean, Sparky has become an icon among the theatre community, with fans across social media going wild as he made his dapper arrival to the prestigious ceremony.
Sparky wasn’t the only one to cause a stir at the Awards show, with veteran actor Robert De Niro getting bleeped after dropping the f-bomb on stage before introducing friend Bruce Springsteen's performance.
"I'm gonna say one thing: F***Trump!” he exclaimed. “It's no longer down with Trump, it's f*** Trump!"
While he didn’t make it past the US sensors, the 74-year-old’s passionate declaration drew a standing ovation from the audience.
Meanwhile, award winners in the press room were amused by the star’s cheeky outburst, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany saying immediately afterwards, "Did Al Pacino just say f*** Trump?" before laughing when the press corrected his mistake. "It was Robert De Niro? That's even worse!"
After winning best revival of a play, Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner backed De Niro’s comments following his win. “F*** Trump, I agree," he said, calling Trump's election "the Hitler mistake."
This person never should have been allowed anywhere near the seat of power… And there are a lot of analogies in history, and unfortunately, they never end well. So hopefully this will end before he ends us."
Andrew Garfield, who won best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for Angels in America, also echoed what soon became the running sentiment of the evening, telling the media, “We're lost right now, culturally. (The play) is absolutely about the epidemic we're experiencing right now, the epidemic of disconnect."
"The person in the White House right now is the antithesis of this play," he continued. "So, it feels very important right now to be telling this story."
It wasn't just the celebs who made a statement on the current political climate, with survivors of the Parkland shooting bringing the entire audience to tears with a surprise rendition of Seasons of Love from Rent.
It was the school's drama teacher Melody Herzfeld who received this year's coveted Excellence in Theatre Education Award, after she courageously hid 65 students in the school’s drama room for over two hours as a former student opened fire during the infamous February 13 massacre.
The shooting left 17 students and teachers dead and many more injured.
Accepting her award, Herzfeld said:
If we could just go back to February 13 and be the normal, everyday people that we were, we’d give it up in a heartbeat... There’s nothing that can replace what we had on that day.
Best Book of a Musical: The Band's Visit
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane, Angels in America
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Best Direction of a Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Direction of a Musical: The Band's Visit
Best Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Revival of a Play: Angels in America
Best Musical: The Band's Visit