Ratings for Springsteen-fed Tony Awards rise slightly

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Fresh off its big win at the 2018 Tony Awards, The Band's Visit will welcome a familiar face to its cast.

While the USA censored the expletives, Aussie viewers were gifted the moment in all of its glory and Twitter was set alight.

The Band's Visit swept the Tony Awards with 10 wins (and none for Gretchen Wieners, bye!) but that doesn't mean that other musicals didn't get to show their stuff on stage at Radio City Music Hall June 10. Tony Shalhoub, named best actor in a musical, spoke of his father's arrival at Ellis Island from Lebanon in 1920. In her acceptance speech, Lenk paid tribute to the late Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz, who originated her role in the film. Actress and former model Alana Stewart tweeted, "Can you just imagine what would've happened if an actor had said "F...."

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

The 72nd ceremony, held at Radio City Musical Hall in NY, began on a comedic note with hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban performing a light-hearted medley. Another work by a major American playwright - Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" - also held a share of the spotlight as two of its three stars, Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf, were honored as best lead actress and best featured actress in a play.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part play based on J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, took home the Tony Award for Best Play. Later, Springsteen will perform "My Hometown" on the piano from his sold-out one-man show.

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The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theater, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theater. "It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong". Spacey's ceremony last year drew 6 million viewers, which represented a drop of approximately 31 percent in total viewers from the previous year.

"The Broadway audience is getting younger", St. Martin added, noting that last season a fourth of the audience was under 25, the youngest in history and a trend she sees continuing.

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