'The Band's Visit' bucks trend by sweeping Tony Awards

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"I'm gonna say one thing".

A British revival of "Angels in America", Tony Kushner's monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life and love during the 1980s, grabbed three big awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.

"I'm gonna say one thing: F-k Trump", De Niro shouted, raising his arms into the air as the crowd cheered for almost half a minute. De Niro said. "It's no longer 'down with Trump.' It's 'f*ck Trump!'"

Actor Robert De Niro used the opportunity of the Tony Award ceremony to fling insults at the USA president.

The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans previous year. But viewers at home didn't hear the expletive thanks to the 10-second delay CBS had on the live telecast and the quick reflexes of a CBS Program Practices executive monitoring the show back at the CBS Broadcast Center in NY.

Most winners who took the stage, however, gave decidedly less divisive speeches.

Praising playwright Tony Kushner, an emotional Lane said, "Tony wrote one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity".

To win, "The Band's Visit" prevailed over three brand-name franchises: "Frozen, " "Mean Girls, " and "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical". In the coming months, Sasson Gabai, the veteran Israeli actor who portrayed the lead role of Tawfiq in the film, will be taking on the role on Broadway as well.

Stachel, 26, is making his Broadway debut in "The Band's Visit", which stars Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and the rising star Katrina Lenk. Check out show clips from The Band's Visit below. The Tel Aviv-based startup GalaPro provided accessibility to the show for those with hearing and vision problems. The app has already been implemented at several Broadway shows to provide accessibility and translation for foreign visitors.

In her acceptance speech, telling Tony hopefuls to be true to themselves, Mendez said that when she had first moved to NY, she had been told she would need to change her name.

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