Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Israeli-American actor wins Tony for role in 'The Band's Visit' musical

Josh Groban Sara Bareilles Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles. CREDIT Rex Shutterstock
Herman Weaver | 11 June, 2018, 09:41

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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 Band's Visit".

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child won the Tony Award for best play on Sunday (Jun 10) while Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield took home acting prizes and rocker Bruce Springsteen received a special prize at Broadway's honours for the best in theatre.

The tip-off that "The Band's Visit" was going to win big came with the award for Best Book of a Musical.

Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical. "It is an honor to be chosen to open up to the whole world the celebration of Broadway's magic and talent at the Tony Awards, the industry's most important event". 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. Bareilles and Groban will try to do that while also eviscerating any memory of last year's Tony host, Kevin Spacey, who since then has been accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault. The show went on to win best musical revival, beating "My Fair Lady" and "Carousel".

Jackson, 82, returning to Broadway after 30 years and a lengthy term as a British politician, was named best actress for her tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women".

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