Robert De Niro Says ‘F- Trump’ at Tony Awards, Gets Standing Ovation

Andrew Garfield attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

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The 34-year old British-American actor blasted the U.S. Supreme Court for its recent ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in his acceptance speech for best leading actor in a play. This year's performances were varied and delightful: The playful razzle-dazzle of Squidward's four-footed tap dance in SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical's "I'm Not a Loser"; the bounding, balletic beauty of Carousel's "Blow High, Blow Low"; and the immersive joy of Once On This Island'sshowstopper "Mama Will Provide" - these toe-tapping numbers no doubt sent the hearts of aspiring young thespians across the country aflutter.

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Tony nominees (but not winners) from 2017, Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban set the tone early on with an opening number written by Bareilles, Groban, and composer-lyricist Shaina Taub that saluted "the people who lose", asserting that if you make art at all, you're part of the cure for what ails the world.

As for the Audra connection, Mendez has tried to keep the six-time Tony victor out of mind while crafting her own take on the role. The night's first big victor, Andrew Garfield, best actor in a play for "Angels in America", earned hearty cheers when he declared, "Let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked". "This is a play for those people, to remind them that they were created perfectly".

Angels in America a sprawling two-part drama about the AIDS crisis, was named this year's Best Play Revival.

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The cast and producers of "The Band's Visit" pose backstage with their awards, which include the Tony for Best Musical.

Before introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance at the Tony Awards, actor Robert De Niro walked onstage at Radio City Hall, announcing, "First, I wanna say, 'F**k Trump.' It's no longer 'Down with Trump, ' it's 'F**k Trump'". "And they're looking at me right now and I can't believe it". 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.

Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can dictate a show's future, both on Broadway and on tour. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two", which is easier to defend as a galvanizing dramatic event than as a model of playwriting, was honored for its endlessly imaginative staging. That primetime ceremony of past year also had the distinction of facing the deciding game of 2017 Stanley Cup Finals with the wining Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators.

ABC | Celebrity Family Feud opened Season 4 with 7.4 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, dominating the night with its best numbers since July 24, 2016 and July 26, 2015, respectively. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply past year.

The show is a sort of victory lap for a Broadway season that saw grosses hit another record high by pulling in $1.7 billion - up 17.1 percent over last season's $1.45 billion.

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