Theater director John Tiffany set a new standard for boyfriends everywhere when he led Tony Award winners, nominees and attendees Sunday in wishing his beau a happy birthday. The two-part production originally won two Tonys for Best Play: for part one, "Millennium Approaches" (1993), and part two, "Perestroika" (1994).
Jewish shows fared well at the Tony Awards last night, with The Band's Visit reigning supreme amongst musicals and the revival of Angels in America holding its own amongst new and revived plays alike.
We got a taste of The Band's Visit - this year's victor for Best Musical, among many other victories - via Katrina Lenk's haunting performance of "Omar Sharif".
The award speech for Best Musical at the end of the night even included some butchered Hebrew (it seems a producer was just trying to say "I love you" to his kids), and echoed the recurring themes of the evening of diversity and tolerance ("In the end we are far more alike than different.").
CBS' three-hour broadcast also featured a performance by the cast of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, as well as a highly anticipated appearance from Bruce Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award for his contributions to Broadway.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Katrina Lenk, "The Band's Visit". In other acting awards, Nathan Lane won his third Tony - his first in a dramatic role - for playing Roy Cohn in "Angels in America".
Lindsay Mendez of "Carousel", named best featured actress in a musical, tearfully recalled that early in her career, "I was told to change my last name from "Mendez" to 'Matthews, ' or I wouldn't work". Ari'el Stachel, who won for best featured actor, praised the show for "telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along, at a time that we need that more than ever".
Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent".
Herzfeld spoke during the pre-show.