With a bleep on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theater crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Donald Trump. Winning all but one of the 11 categories it was nominated for, the musical also took the prizes for best featured actor, for Ar'iel Stachel, as well as best book by Itamar Moses, best director, orchestration, sound design and lighting.
The audience responded by giving the actor a standing ovation.
Given that show's success on the evening, it wasn't a huge shock that Frozen did not win Best Musical at the Tony Awards. But, not surprisingly, the Twitterverse blew up with people curious about what De Niro had uttered.
"Our country is led by a president who believes he can make up his own truth".
There may not be any angels in America, but according to De Niro there's at least one devil.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, "Three Tall Women".
Laurie Metcalf won her second Tony, playing a younger version of Jackson's imperious character in "Three Tall Women".
Though the Frozen performance at the Tony Awards received plenty of applause from the packed house at New York's Radio City Music Hall, that was the only accolade that the Disney musical had on Sunday. The not-quite Jewish co-hosts, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, were delightful, if aggressively wholesome.