This is a chance to see some of the latest fashion trends in NY, and for theater performers to get a much-deserved spotlight outside of their roles.
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Tony Kushner, the playwright behind "Angels in America", was one of the broadcast's more explicit agitators, urging people to get out and vote in the mid-term elections in November. The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms - twice - and earned a sustained standing ovation.
"It's such a great night", she said on the red carpet before the awards.
It was a fitting highlight to a night that saw The Band's Visit, a lyrical meditation on loneliness and connection, win a near-record breaking 10 awards, including Best Musical. During a performance from the Once On This Island ensemble, the goat popped up in the audience next to Angels In America's Nathan Lane, who had just won the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
The two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne, based on the original story by author JK Rowling, collected gongs for best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director for John Tiffany.
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Pat Toomey, who was among a bipartisan group of 43 senators who urged President Trump to support the bid . Leaders of the Morocco bid said they expected an African tournament to generate $5 billion in revenue.
Film stars including Denzel Washington, Amy Schumer and Michael Cera are just some of the big names in the acting categories.
Actor Robert De Niro speaks before introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance.
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In one of the ceremony's most mesmerizing moments, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured numerous young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the Tony Award stage.
British-American star Andrew Garfield won best actor in a play for his turn in a revival of Angels in America.
Also slated to appear are Melissa Benoist, Erich Bergen, Rachel Bloom, Matt Bomer, Titus Burgess, Brandon Victor Dixon, Armie Hammer, Christopher Jackson, Katharine McPhee, Matthew Morrison, Leslie Odom Jr.
The Middle East conflict, immigration, LGBT equality, gun control - many social issues came up, explicitly or implicitly, during the ceremony, which was hosted with a light (and musical) touch by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.