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8 Most Memorable Moments From the Tony Awards

06.11.18

BY: LIZ DURAND STREISAND

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards (also known as “How Many Times Can Sara Bareilles Change Her Dress in Three Hours?”) was packed with whit, whimsy, and one tap-dancing squid. Co-hosts Bareilles and Josh Groban — who each took a recent turn on the Great White Way — proved to be a magical pair. Oh, and speaking of magic — we learned that Josh Groban used to perform magic as a child. So, just when we thought we couldn’t love him anymore, that happened. Overall, the June 10 Tony Awards broadcast from Radio City Music Hall managed to deliver more emotion and genuine entertainment than we’ve come to expect from televised awards shows. Here are the 8 most memorable moments from the 2018 Tony Awards.

1. Andrew Garfield dedicating his award to the LGBTQ community.

“At a moment in time where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit, it is the profound privilege of my life to play Pryor Walter in ‘Angels in America’ because he represents the purest spirit of humanity, and especially that of the LGBTQ community,” Angels in America star Andrew Garfield said as he accepted the Tony for lead actor in a play. “It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly.” He then added, “We all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked!” (ICYMI, the Supreme Court recently sided with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds.)

 

2. Gavin Lee’s four-legged tap dance was just insane.

If you haven’t seen this number from Spongebob Squarepants, you haven’t lived.

 

Ken Davenport with his Tony Awards seat placeholder. Photo: Instagram, @kendavenportbway.

Ken Davenport with his Tony Awards seat placeholder. Photo: Instagram, @kendavenportbway.

3. Ken Davenport’s utter shock at actually winning.

Ken Davenport was obviously very surprised when Once on This Island received the Tony for Best Musical Revival. “This is not how I expected this night to go,” the producer began. “This is a business where you hear ‘no’ an awful lot, so this is dedicated to all of the people who said yes to this production.” He went on to thank the show’s cast as well as the people who support the theater industry, citing them as “the reason we all have a job.” Davenport, who also runs The Producer’s Perspective blog, concluded with some inspirational words. “Lastly, to all of the people out there who dream about doing what I do and dream about doing what everyone else in this room does. Do not stop asking your question. It’s amazing what can happen. You can get to your yes.”

 

Amy Schumer on the Tony Awards red carpet. Photo: Instagram, @amyschumer.

4. Amy Schumer put her own modern spin on My Fair Lady.

My Fair Lady is about Henry Higgins, a man-splaining expert on dialects.” Mic drop.

 

5. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama club sang “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

 

Robert DeNiro says his peace. Photo: Instagram, @ryohei19868.

6. Robert DeNiro’s Bruce Springsteen introduction got a standing ovation.

“I just want to say one thing — F*** Trump,” De Niro said with a fist pump as he began to introduce the Boss. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f— Trump.” Though the powers-that-be managed to bleep the expletives with silence, many people in Radio City were soon on their feet. Also, after that, Bruce Springsteen performed and it was as awesome as we all had hoped.

 

David Cromer.

7. David Cromer encouraged people who are struggling to seek help.

While accepting his Tony for best direction of a musical, David Cromer turned his attention to a larger humanitarian cause (which is all too topical following the suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain). “One of the things The Band’s Visit concerns itself with is people who due to loneliness or isolation may have started to lose hope, and I wish that I had the words or the wisdom to the people out there whose despair is overwhelming their hope, I wish I had a way to convince them to continue looking, to have the patience and the courage to continue to find hope: If you are suffering, please, please call out. And for those of us who are fortunate enough not to be suffering so deeply, let’s make sure we answer them.”

 

8. Nathan Lane had no time for an adorable goat.