In other wins, Glenda Jackson added to her impressive resume with a Tony Award for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women". Tragic for those of us who can't afford tickets to his show, but on the plus side, it was significantly shorter than the E Street Band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech. At age 82, Jackson has returned to Broadway for the first time in more than three decades after a lengthy detour into British politics.
However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honors the best of Broadway theatre.
As previously announced, Bruce Springsteen will make a rare television appearance, performing live on the show, and will receive a Special Tony Award for his ongoing engagement, Springsteen on Broadway.
Garfield won best actor in a play for his acclaimed performance in "Angels in America", which also won Nathan Lane his third Tony, as closeted conservative lawyer Roy Cohn, who died of AIDS.
An emotional high point arrived early in the ceremony when members of the drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., site of a mass shooting in February, sang "Seasons of Love" from "Rent". He finished by saying: "Your biggest obstacle may turn into your goal".
The Oscar-winning actor has been a frequent, and sometimes coarse, critic of Trump. He also looked touched, but mostly that he wanted to use a little of that Harry Potter magic to disappear. I'm so proud of you, my cast, this is the craziest moment of my life, I never thought I'd be there. "It didn't just change me, it saved me", he said. Anyone want to chip in for bail money? "Happy birthday, Judy Garland!"
Stachel, 26, is making his Broadway debut in "The Band's Visit", which stars Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and the rising star Katrina Lenk.
The Tony for best revival of a musical - a category that generated suspense - was won by the musical "Once On This Island", beating out the beefier Lincoln Center revival of "My Fair Lady" and the Broadway revival of "Carousel", which may have split the vote for classic musicals.
The audience then erupted in cheers and stood clapping.