12:00 AM, June 12, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, June 12, 2018

Best of Broadway

Artistes behind 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', parts one and two, accept the award. photo: REUTERS

The highest honours for Broadway Theater took place in New York on Sunday during the 72nd Tony Awards, which was hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. It was a night of victory for British theatre as well at the ceremony, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (parts one and two) bagging six awards, including best play and best direction.

However, the biggest winner of the night was a musical about an Egyptian band visiting an Israeli desert town - The Band's Visit, which picked up an extraordinary 10 prizes, including best musical, best actress (Katrina Lenk) and best actor (Tony Shalhoub).

Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro created quite a commotion while introducing Springsteen (who won a special Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway show), as he took to the stage to curse the US president twice during the live broadcast, for which he managed to earn a standing ovation.

Some other winners from the key categories include Angels in America for best revival of a play; Once On This Island for best revival of a musical; Andrew Garfield in Angels in America for best actor in a play; Glenda Jackson in Three Tall Women for best actress in a play.