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'The Band's Visit' takes 10 Tonys

2-part Harry Potter, revival of Angels also win statuettes

By MARK KENNEDY The Associated Press

This article was published June 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Ari’el Stachel accepts the award for featured Actor in a musical for The Band’s Visit at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday in 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.

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RBBrittain says... June 11, 2018 at 8:03 a.m.

Not much originality on Broadway nowadays, at least among musicals. The biggest "new musical" on Broadway this year was essentially a concert residency by Bruce Springsteen, for which they gave him a special Tony and a spot on the telecast but didn't let him compete in the normal musical categories. Not a single TRULY original musical opened on Broadway this year; of the seven the Tonys treated as "original" three were based on movies, two were jukebox musicals, one was based on a TV show, and one was a revue. "The Band's Visit" was arguably the most "original" because the 2007 Israeli film it's based on was itself original AND much less well-known than "Frozen" or "Mean Girls" (both based on films that themselves were adapted from other media).

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hah406 says... June 11, 2018 at 8:22 a.m.

Great one's like Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent, etc. don't come along every year. Give it a year or two and there will be another original blockbuster.

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mozarky2 says... June 11, 2018 at 9:05 a.m.

Rent original? Wasn't it adapted from Puccini's La Boheme?
Took my grand-daughter to Beautiful the Carole King Musical, and was VERY pleasantly surprised. Extremely talented cast...

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