NEW YORK – The American, grown-up musical “The Band's Visit” outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 statuettes, including best musical.
It's based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name and centers on members of an Egyptian police orchestra booked to play a concert at an Israeli city who accidentally end up in the wrong town. Its embrace of foreign cultures working together found a sweet spot with Tony voters.
“In 'The Band's Visit,' music gives people hope and makes borders disappear,” producer Orin Wolf said upon accepting the best new musical crown, saying It offers a message of unity in a world that “more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences.”
Tony Shalhoub won as best leading man in a musical for “The Band's Visit,” and the show's Katrina Lenk won best actress in a musical.
“The Band's Visit” also won statuettes for best direction, orchestration, sound design, best book and score, lighting and featured actor Ari'el Stachel, who thanked the creators of the show “for being courageous for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time that we need that more than ever.”
The two-part spectacle “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” captured six awards, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director for John Tiffany.
A British revival of “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner's drama about AIDS, life and love in the 1980s, grabbed three big awards: best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.
Glenda Jackson won for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee's “Three Tall Women,” which yielded the featured actress win to Laurie Metcalf.