“The Band’s Visit” emerged as the big winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, winning 10 prizes, including Best Musical.
The show, based on a 2007 movie about an Egyptian band that mistakenly finds itself in an isolated village in Israel, also earned prizes for its lead performers, “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, as well as supporting player Itamar Moses.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the two-part drama that extended J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizard franchise to Broadway, fulfilled expectations by winning six awards, including Best Play.
But the evening had plenty of other surprises (and snubs), including:
SURPRISE: “Once on This Island” Director Michael Arden’s spirited production of “Once on This Island” pulled off an upset win in the Best Musical Revival category — over more the more traditional (and equally well-reviewed) competitors, “My Fair Lady” and “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.”
SNUB: Tina Fey CBS was so counting on the “30 Rock” star to win Best Book of a Musical for the adaptation of her own hit movie “Mean Girls” that it moved the category to its primetime broadcast — but Itamar Moses won instead for the script for eventual Best Musical winner “The Band’s Visit.”
SURPRISE: Tony Shalhoub The “Monk” star and Broadway veteran won his first Tony Award for the musical “The Band’s Visit” — beating out equally stellar competitors like Joshua Henry for “Carousel” and Ethan Slater for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.”
SNUB: “Mean Girls” The adaptation of the 2004 high school-set hit came in with 12 nominations, including Best Musical, but walked away empty-handed. (Even the 12-times-nominated “SpongeBob SquarePants” won for best scenic design.)
SURPRISE: Lindsay Mendez The featured actress in “Carousel” pulled off an upset over more established stars like Diana Rigg for “My Fair Lady” and her co-star, opera singer Renee Fleming.
SNUB: Norbert Leo Butz Many Broadway fans were expecting Butz to win his third Tony as featured actor in a musical playing Eliza Doolittle’s Cockney father in “My Fair Lady.” But he lost to Ari’el Stachel for “The Band’s Visit.”
SURPRISE: Robert De Niro CBS censors were on the ball but everyone else was pretty stunned that the two-time Oscar winner dropped a couple F-bombs before introducing Bruce Springsteen. “It’s no longer ‘Down With Trump,’ it’s ‘F— Trump,'” the actor said.