Upon accepting the award, Tiffany announced that it was his boyfriend David Knock's birthday and encouraged the crowd at New York's Radio City Music Hall to sing "Happy Birthday". "In the shadow of fraying global alliances and pitched political and culture wars at home, the show as a whole offered hopefulness, nostalgia, self-deprecation and modest emotional catharsis - a three-hour vacation from what Nathan Lane called, in passing, the "political insanity" of the present moment".
Melody Herzfeld, the drama director at the high school who saved 65 lives by barricading students in a small closet during the school shooting, was awarded the Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
Others mentioned their heritage and their respect for others during their airtime: Presenter John Leguizamo said, "I am a human, not an animal", referencing President Trump's racist rhetoric. The closest runner-up, with six, was the blockbuster London import "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which won best play. "To all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note".
Jewish shows fared well at the Tony Awards last night, with The Band's Visit reigning supreme amongst musicals and the revival of Angels in America holding its own amongst new and revived plays alike. And so I concealed and I missed so many special events with them. And we all belong.
Garfield won a Tony statue for lead actor for his role in the play Angels In America, where he plays the role of iconic gay character Prior Walter in 1980's America. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly.
Angels in America - a two-part play which lasts nearly eight hours - was first shown in 1991, but Andrew told Newsbeat a year ago that the play's message is still relevant.
"I'm going to say one thing, F- Trump", De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air.
Shalhoub choked back tears as he honored his father who entered America at Ellis Island "just a few miles from here", while Stachel addressed, with apologies to his parents, the many times he avoided family gatherings because he had been ashamed.