The 2018 Tony Awards took place this evening, with The Band’s Visit winning 10 awards including Best Musical, and Harry Potter winning 6 awards including Best Play.

“The Band’s Visit” Leads with Ten Wins; “Harry Potter” Earns Six

the band's visitThis evening, June 10, 2018, the 72nd annual Tony Awards took place at Radio City Music Hall. Hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, the awards were contentious with no clear winner for the biggest award entering into the ceremony. As it turned out, the winner of Best Musical was The Band’s Visit, which also took home by far the most wins with 10 awards. Next in line was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which earned 6 Tony Awards, including that for Best Play. Furthermore, Angels in America earned 3 awards, Harry Potter and the cursed child on Broadwayincluding Best Revival of a Play, and both the awards for Best Performance by a Leading, and by a Featured, Actor in a Play – for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, respectively. Furthermore, Three Tall Women earned two awards for both Best Performance by a Leading, and by a Featured, Actress in a Play – for Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf, respectively. The only other show to win more than one award was Carousel, which won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress, given to Lindsay Mendez for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge. This is the same role that Audra McDonald played when she earned her first Tony. In addition, Carousel won the award for Best Choreography, given to Justin Peck. Finally, three shows earned one award each: SpongeBob SquarePants, though nominated for an impressive 12 awards including Best Musical, won just one award: that for Best Scenic Design in a Musical for David Zinn. My Fair Lady earned one award as well, that ofr Best Costume Design in a Musical for Catherine Zuber, winning her seventh Tony. In addition, Once on this Island surprised some by winning the award for Best Revival of a Musical, beating out both My Fair Lady and Carousel for that top honor.

Championing the Smaller Story, Not the Brand Pizzazzthe band's visit

In winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, The Band’s Visit greatly enhanced its chances for longevity. This is a musical that does not have the brand power of Frozen, Mean Girls, or SpongeBob SquarePants, which were its competitors for the coveted top award. While The Band’s Visit is also based on a film, in this case, a 2007 Israeli film, that film is by no means as well known as the others. That film was Israel’s intended submission for the Foreign Language Academy Award that year, but was rejected as it contained over 50% English dialogue; while it went on to win eight Ophir Prizes, Israel’s top film honor, it was not a particularly well-known title in the States. Nevertheless, when the decision was made to adapt it into an English-language stage musical, the creative team poured their all into making it as artful and compelling as could be. Their hard work paid off, as the show took home by far the most Tony Awards of any show this season. In addition to Best Musical, The Band’s Visit won three acting honors: the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq Zakaria, the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Katrina Lenk as Dina, and the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Ari'el Stachel as Haled. Furthermore, Itamar Moses won for Best Book of a Musical, and David Yazbek won for Best Original Score. In a very competitive category, the show also won the award for Best Direction of a Musical, given to David Cromer. In addition, the show was honored in the design categories of Best Lighting Design in a Musical for Tyler Micoleau, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Kai Harada. To top it off, Jamshied Sharifi was honored with the award for Best Orchestrations for The Band’s Visit.

“Mean Girls” Among The Shows Going Home Empty-Handed

When the Tony nominations were announced, the headlines were that Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants tied with the most nominations: 12. While SpongeBob only won one award, that for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Zinn, Tina Fey and her Mean Girls team were slighted even more, going home without a single award. In almost every category for which Mean Girls was nominated, the award went to The Band’s Visit. In addition, The Iceman Cometh was nominated for eight awards but earned zero, with its fellow two-part plays – Harry Potter and Angels in America – faring much better. Farinelli and the King earned five nominations but no awards, with Andrew Garfield beating out Mark Rylance for the highly competitive award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. Travesties also earned none of the four awards for which it was nominated, and Frozen went home with nothing, after its measly three nominations, though one of them was Best Musical. As for Lobby Hero, that show also went home empty-handed despite the acting nods in the nominations, and Best Play nominees The Children and Junk earned neither of the two awards for which each was nominated. The other shows that were nominated but failed to earn any awards were Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Children of a Lesser God, Latin History for Morons, Meteor Shower, 1984, and Saint Joan. Below is the full list of nominees, with the winners bolded up top: Best Musical The Band’s Visit Frozen Mean Girls SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical Best Play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child The Children Farinelli and the King Junk Latin History for Morons Best Revival of a Musical Once on This Island Carousel My Fair Lady Best Revival of a Play Angels in America Lobby Hero Three Tall Women The Iceman Cometh Travesties Best Book of a Musical The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses Frozen, Jennifer Lee Mean Girls, Tina Fey SpongeBob SquarePants, Kyle Jarrow Best Original Score The Band’s Visit, Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Angels in America, Adrian Sutton Frozen, Music and Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Mean Girls, Music: Jeff Richmond; Lyrics: Nell Benjamin SpongeBob SquarePants, Various contributors Best Leading Actor in a Play Andrew Garfield, Angels in America Tom Hollander, Travesties Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King Denzel Washington, The Iceman Cometh Best Leading Actress in a Play Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women Condola Rashad, Saint Joan Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower Best Leading Actor in a Musical Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady Joshua Henry, Carousel Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants Best Leading Actress in a Musical Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady Hailey Kilgore, Once on This Island LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls Jessie Mueller, Carousel Best Featured Actor in a Play Nathan Lane, Angels in America Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Michael Cera, Lobby Hero Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero David Morse, The Iceman Cometh Best Featured Actress in a Play Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women Susan Brown, Angels in America Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Deborah Findlay, The Children Denise Gough, Angels in America Best Featured Actor in a Musical Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady Alexander Gemignani, Carousel Grey Henson, Mean Girls Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants Best Featured Actress in a Musical Lindsay Mendez, Carousel Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Renée Fleming, Carousel Ashley Park, Mean Girls Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady Best Scenic Design of a Play Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King Santo Loquasto, The Iceman Cometh Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America Best Scenic Design of a Musical David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants Dane Laffrey, Once on this Island Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit Scott Pask, Finn Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady Best Costume Design of a Play Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America Ann Roth, Three Tall Women Ann Roth, The Iceman Cometh Best Costume Design of a Musical Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls Clint Ramos, Once on This Island Ann Roth, Carousel David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants Best Lighting Design of a Play Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Paule Constable, Angels in America Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, The Iceman Cometh Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King Ben Stanton, Junk Best Lighting Design of a Musical Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Once on This Island Donald Holder, My Fair Lady Brian MacDevitt, Carousel Best Direction of a Play John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Marianne Elliott, Angels in America Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women Patrick Marber, Travesties George C. Wolfe, The Iceman Cometh Best Direction of a Musical David Cromer, The Band’s Visit Michael Arden, Once on This Island Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady Best Choreography Justin Peck, Carousel Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls Best Orchestrations Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit John Clancy, Mean Girls Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin, Once on This Island Jonathan Tunick, Carousel Sound Design in a Play Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Adam Cork, Travesties Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America Tom Gibbons, 1984 Dan Moses Schreier, The Iceman Cometh Sound Design in a Musical Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit Peter Hylenski, Once on This Island Scott Lehrer, Carousel Brian Ronan, Mean Girls Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants And the non-competitive awards, as previously announced: Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Chita Rivera Andrew Lloyd Webber Special Tony Award John Leguizamo Bruce Springsteen Regional Theater Tony Award La MaMa E.T.C. Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award Nick Scandalios Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater Sara Krulwich Bessie Nelson Ernest Winzer Cleaners