Harry Potter And The Cursed Child scoops gongs at the Tony Awards

 In U.S.

Producer Sonia Friedman and the cast and crew of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child accept the award for best play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)
Producer Sonia Friedman and the cast and crew of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child accept the award for best play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was a big winner at the Tony Awards.

The two-part spectacle captured six accolades, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director for John Tiffany, who asked the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his boyfriend.

The night also saw British actor Andrew Garfield win his first Tony, for best leading actor in a play, for playing a young gay man living with Aids in the sprawling, seven-hour revival Angels In America.

Garfield dedicated the win to the LGBTQ community, who he said fought and died for the right to love. He said the play is a rejection of bigotry, shame and oppression.

“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said.

He then referenced last week’s US Supreme Court decision which ruled in favour of a baker’s right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs.

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Andrew Garfield accepts the award for best leading actor in a play (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

“(Let’s) just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” he said, to rousing applause.

Sunday night also saw Robert De Niro take to the stage to introduce a performance from Bruce Springsteen, with an expletive directed at US President Donald Trump.

“I’m gonna say one thing. ‘F*** Trump’,” he said, which garnered him a sustained standing ovation from the crowd.

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Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

In other wins of the night, Glenda Jackson scooped a Tony Award for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.

That show also yielded the featured actress win for Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and American actress Chita Rivera received honorary tributes, the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Thanking the audience, Lloyd Webber said: “I have to say, I am completely overwhelmed.”

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