CBS Deletes Robert De Niro’s ‘Offensive Language’ From Tony Awards Live Telecast

Roman Schwartz
June 11, 2018

"The Band's Visit", a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, dominated its categories during the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night, winning awards for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lighting Design, Best Orchestration and Best Sound Design.

Garfield won best actor in a play for his acclaimed performance in the Angels In America revival, a monumental two-part drama about AIDS during the Reagan years. And we have a word for that: "bullsh*t", he said last week while praising the winners of the first Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin American Writer Award in NY. "And we all belong, so let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked", he said.

De Niro didn't waste any time with his message either, going right into. "Neither one of us has every won anything", the duo sang cheerfully, before inviting ensemble players from every Tony-nominated musical on stage to join them for a rare moment of spotlight glory. Later, Springsteen performed "My Hometown" on the piano from his sold-out one-man show, "Springsteen on Broadway".

According to US Today, Tony Award victor John Tiffany, who won for his role in the hit Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was making his way into the media room just as the Meet The Focker's actor went rogue.

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Many congrats to Stachel on his first Tony win! So this is for the people who lose. However, "Carousel" choreographer Justin Peck won the Tony, and cast member Lindsay Mendez won the the Tony for best supporting actress. Tina Fey is a superstar and she wrote a snappy, smart script for "Mean Girls", a musical based on her popular 2004 movie. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work.

Airing on Sunday, the awards show will recognize the best of Broadway's 2017-18 season. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".

Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can dictate a show's future, both on Broadway and on tour.

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