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‘Harry Potter’ wins best play, as 'The Band's Visit' sweeps Tony Awards

  • Published at 10:20 pm June 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:24 pm June 11th, 2018
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The team of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two’ poses with their best play award, left, the cast and producers of ‘The Band’s Visit’ pose backstage with their awards, right, which include the Tony for best musical at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards in New York on Sunday Reuters

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won the Tony for best play on Sunday while “The Band’s Visit” swept the musical categories with 10 wins, including the top award best musical at Broadway’s annual honours for the best in theatre.

Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield took home acting prizes and rocker Bruce Springsteen received a special Tony, while a revival of the AIDS drama “Angels in America” was named best play revival and “Once On This Island” won best musical revival.

“The Band’s Visit,” about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, also won acting awards for stars Tony Shaloub, Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel, as well as best book, score, director, orchestration, sound design and lighting.

It lost just one category among its 11 nominations, with its 10 wins just two shy of the record for any show set by “The Producers.”

“Harry Potter,” a record-setting $69 million two-part production set 19 years after the last of JK Rowling’s best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won a total of six Tonys including best new play and best director.

Garfield won best actor in a play for his acclaimed performance in “Angels in America,” which also won Nathan Lane his third Tony, as closeted conservative lawyer Roy Cohn, who died of AIDS.

The Tonys, hosted by singer-songriter-actors Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, capped another record year on Broadway with $1.7 billion in box office receipts, despite the smallest number of new productions in 20 years.

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