Garfield, who in "Angels in America" plays Prior Walter, a gay man coping with AIDS and abandonment by his boyfriend, dedicated his award to "the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love" as they choose.
"America", the famously frank Jackson said, graciously, "is always great".
Victory in the category of best featured actor in a musical went to Ari'el Stachel of "The Band's Visit".
The dominance of "The Band's Visit" was widely expected, as was that of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a dramatic sequel to the iconic series of books that imagines Harry Potter with a Hogwarts-bound son of his own.
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Most Famous Goat: Once On This Island won best musical revival, meaning that its resident goat is now the most famous goat on Broadway. An emotional Mendez, who won for her performance in Carousel, exclaimed gratitude at being part of a community that celebrates diversity. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work. Her presence at the podium proved that was lousy advice.
With a bleep on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theatre crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Donald Trump. The Boss thanked the crowd for making him "feel so welcome on their block" and then walked off stage without singing a single song.
Actor Robert De Niro used the opportunity of the Tony Award ceremony to fling insults at the U.S. president.
"Harry Potter", a record-setting $69-million two-part production set 19 years after the last of J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won a total of six Tonys including best new play and best director.
Two of the shows going into the night with the leading number of nominations - Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob SquarePants", with 12 nods each - found the night tough. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong.