Instead, the room immediately went quiet as he took the stage and began to watch the cast of The Band's Visit perform on the show. The presentation of awards was also well-choreographed, with just two awkward missteps: The first was when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne was cut off before his acceptance speech for Best Play, a moment that was compounded by the orchestra playing the whole team offstage to Carole King's "Natural Woman". Producer Orin Wolf said the message was one of unity, in a world that "more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences".
Most winners and presenters avoided mentioning Mr. Trump, or Trump-ism by name, while making it clear that their sympathies were with the resistance. He then referenced last week's US Supreme Court decision which ruled in favour of a baker's right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs.
The Amazing Spiderman actor honoured the LGBTQ community saying, "It is a spirit that says no to oppression".
"It is a spirit that says we were all made perfectly, and we all belong".
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Glenda Jackson, whose performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" should not be missed, won the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. It's not yet clear if the ratings for America's premier theater awards will rebound from last year's 15-year low, but quantity does not always equate to quality - especially if you're reaching the right people. He told viewers they have "21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet". Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine's Day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people. She later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform. This year's performances were varied and delightful: The playful razzle-dazzle of Squidward's four-footed tap dance in SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical's "I'm Not a Loser"; the bounding, balletic beauty of Carousel's "Blow High, Blow Low"; and the immersive joy of Once On This Island'sshowstopper "Mama Will Provide" - these toe-tapping numbers no doubt sent the hearts of aspiring young thespians across the country aflutter.
An emotional high point arrived early in the ceremony when members of the drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., site of a mass shooting in February, sang "Seasons of Love" from "Rent". Not everything they did worked (their Sia-themed lament about Broadway's grueling schedule felt a little undercooked), but kudos to Bareilles for earning one of the biggest laughs of the night just by acknowledging a technical timing snafu.
This story has been corrected to show that the official after-party was at the Plaza Hotel, not the Ritz Hotel.