72nd Tony Awards

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It was the 72nd Tony Awards on CBS, and the top winner was The Band Visit, it is based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town.

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Ari’el Stachel, the California-born son of an Israeli-Yemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from New York, won the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as a romantic Egyptian trumpeter in the musical.

“Both my parents are here tonight. I have avoided so many events with them because for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said. “And after 9/11 it was very, very difficult for me and so I concealed, and I missed so many special events with them. And they’re looking at me right now, and I can’t believe it,” said the Tony Award winner Ari’el Stachel.

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Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) won for Best Actor in a Musical and Katrina Lenk for Best Actress in a Musical for their roles as, respectively, the leader of the band and the Israeli cafe owner who takes him in.


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“The Band’s Visit” also won awards for Best Book (by Itamar Moses), Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score (by David Yazbek), Best Lighting Design, Best Orchestration and Best Sound Design.


Andrew Garfield took home Leading Actor in a Play for Angels in America, and he was nominated for an Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge in 2017.

Tina Fey, introducing her new musical Mean Girls, that was interesting to see.  Mean Girls 1, Mean Girl’s Tony performance

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Robert De Niro introduces Bruce Springsteen before he did that he said “f—k Trump” and people gave him a standing ovation.

How many times do we have to say this, don’t bring politics into awards show? Most of the other contestants, grab their awards, gave inspiring speeches and thanked their family and their agents who helped them succeed. They should ban certain actors to the awards show. We want to see our favorites win. Maybe Robert DeNiro wants better film roles. Thank you, CBS for muting Robert De Niro, f-bomb message, very quickly, and we did not hear it on our TV.  Broadway is about entertainment and escapes as Groban and Bareilles sang in their opening number, “In a world that is scary and hard to endure, if you make art at all you’re a part of the cure” — and this year’s Tonys delivered both, in restorative.

Here are the other winners

The Amazing Spider Man

When I was in high school, I always wanted to be cool like a hero and get the girl whom I desire to like – who wants to be undead and be a vampire that’s no hero. What superpower would I have to be a vampire?  Super speed? And turn into a bat? And  Become Batman? Peter Parker was cool and the name too.

The story and the plot of The Amazing Spiderman were great if people don’t understand the story and plot. Go to high school and figure it out, your story and your life in high school should be the same as Peter Parker, except for being bitten by a spider – your room needs to be clean up.

The story is driven by Peter Parker desire to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents’ deaths when he was a child, which leads him to track down his father’s old colleague Dr. Curtis Connors (Rhys Ifans), a genetic researcher which makes breakthrough thanks to Peter’s help that ends up transforming him into a giant villain Lizard. This was never mentioned in the first movie, only he stayed with his grand parents.

His girlfriend was Gwen Stacy a brainy beauty which works for Dr. Curtis Connors is hiring interns, and Peter Parker sneaks in the building to meet Dr. Curtis Connors if he knows anything  about the death of his  parents.  However, he was caught by Gwen, and she thought he was following her.

If people are confused by Emma Stone in the movie, it’s because the writers of the movie want to bring a new story in their relationship (Peter Parker), and they could not use Mary Jane’s character because Mary Jane married Peter Parker in Spiderman 3. So the writers start fresh back in high school. New plot, new twist and sequels. I hope the sequels or prequels will be better.

Andrew Russell Garfield is an American-English actor. He began his career in British television, appearing in the teen drama Sugar Rush in 2005, and gained further exposure appearing in the BBCs ‘Doctor, Who’ in 2007. His early film roles include ‘Lions for Lambs,’, ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, and the Channel 4 dramas ‘Boy A’, which garnered him the 2008 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor.Garfieldachieved wider recognition and critical acclaim for his role as Eduardo Saverin in the 2010 film ‘The Social Network’, a role which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.Garfieldis a dual citizen of theUnited Statesand theUnited Kingdom. He plays the title character in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the Spider-Man film series.

To get all those moves in the film, he was sewn in the suits and half naked in the costume. When he has to go to the bathroom, he had to open his fly. Get it. Spiderman and the fly.

Emma Stone was a cast member of the TV series ‘Drive’, and made her feature-film  debut in the comedy ‘Superbad’ (2007). She appeared in ‘The House Bunny’(2008) and ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ (2009). She then starred in the horror-comedy ‘Zombieland’ and the indie comedy ‘Paper Man’ in 2009. In 2010, Stone voiced the character ‘Mazie’ in Marmaduke, and starred in the high school comedy ‘Easy A’, which earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In 2011, she starred in the films ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ and ‘The Help’, both of which were well received by critics and commercial successes. Stone plays Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man film, a reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise and the sequels will come.

Stay after the movie to see a preview of the next villain.

Overall, the movie is exciting, and it looks great in 3D. The action comes right at you. I had to duck twice. So please go out and see a blockbuster movie of the summer:  ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ playing at your theater near you. The visual aspect is incredible to see. Words cannot  describe it.