The two-part spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had captured six, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director John Tiffany, who asked the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his boyfriend.
The victor of the evening's first award, the Angels in America revivalstar Andrew Garfield, set the emotional tone for tonight's Tonys, offering his Best Actor in a Play win up in tribute to the LGBTQ community.
Tony voters delivered another surprise by giving the award for Best Revival of a Musical to "Once on This Island".
However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honors the best of Broadway theatre.
"Angels in America", playwright Tony Kushner's 1993 epic about the AIDS epidemic, won the award for best revival of a play for the 2018 iteration starring Andrew Garfield.
"The Band's Visit", about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, swept the musical categories with 10 wins. The smart bet was that Broadway would give her a Tony for her script.
Although most of the speakers at the Tony Awards avoided mentioning Trump by name, many sporting "Times Up" pins and highlighting left-leaning organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union. She told the crowd how early in her career, she'd been encouraged to change her last name to Matthews to better her chances of playing non-minority roles. Tina Fey is a superstar and she wrote a snappy, smart script for "Mean Girls", a musical based on her popular 2004 movie.
Worst Sia Cover: Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles returned to the stage for a Broadway-themed take on Sia's song, "Chandelier".
Second Best Triple Crown: Glenda Jackson was an actress and quit her day job to be a member of Parliament and then returned to Broadway in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, for which she won the Tony Award. Viewership spiked in 2016 due to "Hamilton, " only to drop sharply previous year.