Besides the top prize, "Harry Potter", a record-setting $69 million productions set 19 years after the last of J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won another five Tonys including best director.
"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.
And - in something of a surprise - Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member and "Roseanne" star Laurie Metcalf capped off an extraordinary career renaissance by winning a Tony for best featured actress in a play for her illuminative work at the core of Joe Mantello's widely acclaimed revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women".
CBS confirmed that De Niro went off script in his remarks as he took the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen's performance on the Tony telecast. Lane's Tony was his third, the actor having previously won for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "The Producers". At age 82, Jackson has returned to Broadway for the first time in more than three decades after a lengthy detour into British politics. The musical is about the interactions among Arabs and Jews when a snafu causes musicians in an Egyptian police band to become stranded overnight in a village in the Israeli desert.
Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical.
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.
Who's Hosting?: Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles have been named this year's emcees. Members of Herzfeld's drama department took the Tony stage to serenade her with Seasons of Love from Rent.
Worst Bruce Springsteen Concert: Billy Joel opened for Bruce Springsteen, presenting his friend with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. So, I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit.