Watch Every Tony Awards Performance: The Band's Visit, SpongeBob and More

Watch Every Tony Awards Performance: The Band's Visit, SpongeBob and More

"Frozen" was nominated for Best Musical, while Jennifer Lee was nominated for Best Book of a Musical, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez were nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre. Bareilles cohosted the Tonys with Josh Groban.

"It's apparent that we are a very democratic community and that we support equality, so I'm so honored to be part of this community, especially kudos to Robert De Niro, big speech of the night, it's a celebration of the theater so we can never go wrong", said Jhett Tolentino, a Tony-winning producer. She went on to say: "To all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note".

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.

Other winners with Jewish connections include one Tony (for costume design) for the revival of Jewish songwriting team Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, Best Revival to Once on This Island (Jewish lyricist Lynn Ahrens), and two awards for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (including a Featured Actress win for Jewish actor Lindsay Mendez).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane, "Angels in America".

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"That was the best part of the whole evening!" commented actor John Leguizamo later that night at the Plaza Hotel after-party.

Notable Nominations: Leading the pool of nominations this year are Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, each with 12 and both up for the coveted Best Musical accolade.

Garfield then thanked playwright Tony Kushner for being "the Angel of America that we all wish we could live in" and the rest of his crew and cast. Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at the school, has been credited with saving lives by barricading students into a classroom closet during the Valentine's Day mass shooting that killed 17 people.

This story has been corrected to show that the official after-party was at the Plaza Hotel, not the Ritz Hotel.

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