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In the acting classification, Andrew Garfield's Angel's execution as prophet Prior Walter defeated veteran stage performing artist Mark Rylance, who got his fourth Tony designation for Farinelli and the King, while Garfield's co-star Nathan Lane got his third Tony win for the part as notorious genuine attorney Roy Cohn.

This year's live ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in NY may have gotten a boost from the inclusion of rock legend Bruce Springsteen, who received a special award for his production of "Springsteen on Broadway".

"The Band's Visit", adapted from a 2007 Israeli film, picked up 10 awards, including key prizes for its stars, Katrina Lenk, playing a sultry Israeli cafe owner, and Tony Shalhoub, playing the commander of an Egyptian police orchestra, as well as for Ari'el Stachel, portraying an amorous Egyptian trumpeter.

"And after 9/11, it was very, very hard for me", Mr. Stachel continued, as his parents beamed with pride from the audience.

"Part of me still can't believe we won on Sunday", Bagley said.

It lost the Best Musical award to The Band's Visit, which swept most of the major categories at the 2018 Tony Awards, winning that top trophy and nine others.

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It was a triumphant night for British theatre at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picking up six awards.

"I have to say, I am completely overwhelmed", Lloyd Webber, 70, told the audience.

Glenda Jackson, 82, won best actress in a play for her fiery portrayal of an elderly woman in "Three Tall Women", and her co-star, Laurie Metcalf, won featured actress. Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical.

Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked the show off with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there - including them.

The revival of "Carousel" won two awards - choreography and for Lindsay Mendez, who won best featured actress in a musical. He also dedicated the honour to "the countless LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people who have fought and died for the right to live and love as we are created to". The cast of last year's Best Musical victor, Dear Evan Hansen, sang an In Memoriam tribute, while students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Seasons of Love" from Rent.

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