Robert De Niro's 'F*** Trump' gets standing ovation at Tony Awards

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Broadway's staged telling of the eighth story in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga, has earned the Tony Award for Best Play, one of the two flagship awards of the 72nd annual ceremony (the other being Best Musical, which went home with six).

Jackson, 82, returning to Broadway after 30 years and a lengthy term as a British politician, was named best actress for her tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women".

The theater people at Radio City stood and cheered.

"America", the famously frank Jackson said, graciously, "is always great".

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The victor of the evening's first award, the Angels in America revivalstar Andrew Garfield, set the emotional tone for tonight's Tonys, offering his Best Actor in a Play win up in tribute to the LGBTQ community. Two past Tony Awards nominees will be your hosts: Sara Bareilles ("Waitress") and Josh Groban ("Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812").

Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical.

Best Advice: "Be your true self and the world will take note", said Lindsay Mendez accepting her award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in Carousel. 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.

"Robert De Niro just yelled "F*** Trump" on national television before introducing Bruce Springsteen, and I am absolutely here for it", one user wrote.

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"What makes this fourth time special is that this is the first time I'll actually be on the Tony stage with my cast representing our Tony-nominated show!"

Robert De Niro has yelled "F*** Trump" to a standing ovation at the 2018 Tony Awards. He was bleeped out. "We are all sacred, and we all belong", said Garfield.

Once aloof and elitist, Broadway has in recent years overtly embraced its connection to the college and high school theater productions that dot the nation, often packed with newly cool Broadway geeks and devoted audience members. Even Springsteen could be seen nodding his head in time with the music.

"The Band's Visit", about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, swept the musical categories with 10 wins.

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