"I'm gonna say one thing: F-k Trump", De Niro shouted, raising his arms into the air as the crowd cheered for almost half a minute. "F*ck Trump. It's no longer 'down with Trump, ' it's f*ck Trump".
Robert De Niro has received a standing ovation at the Tony Awards for slamming U.S. president Donald Trump. In addition, the show featured a special performance from the 2017 Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. He got a huge standing ovation from the room, and continued with.
The highlight of the Tony Awards, aside from the heartfelt speeches of the winners, is the performances from each year's nominees.
"Angels in America", playwright Tony Kushner's 1993 epic about the AIDS epidemic, won the award for best revival of a play for the 2018 iteration starring Andrew Garfield.
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Stachel, 26, is making his Broadway debut in "The Band's Visit", which stars Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and the rising star Katrina Lenk.
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.
"We are all sacred".
The Tonys have always been the most democratic of all the awards show, bringing the best moments of pricey Broadway productions to the masses over the free airwaves of broadcast TV.
A teacher from one of those schools, Melody Herzfeld of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, was given special recognition for her courage during the February shootings, as were the students who make up her drama department and who took the stage to sing "Seasons of Love" from "Rent", clearly moving the hardened professionals watching.
"The Band's Visit" became unstoppable when David Cromer, who staged the show, won for Best Director.