Here are the heartwarming LGBTQ moments from the Tony Awards

Tiffany, who hails from the United Kingdom, picked up an award for Best Direction of a Play for Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two".

The temperature then dropped a bit at Radio City Music Hall as the cast of Frozen: The Broadway Musical emerged to perform "For the First Time in Forever", paving the way for Caissie Levy to leave nary a face unmelted with her booming rendition of "Let it Go".

Mendez won the best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical.

After the audience settled, De Niro got back to talking about Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award during Sunday night.

We got a taste of The Band's Visit - this year's victor for Best Musical, among many other victories - via Katrina Lenk's haunting performance of "Omar Sharif".

"After 9/11 it was very, very hard for me", Stachel said. And we all belong. The not-quite Jewish co-hosts, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, were delightful, if aggressively wholesome.

"I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn't work and I just want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality and to all of you artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note", Lindsay Mendez said.

"And especially that of the LGBTQ community".

The British-American won best actor for his role in Angels in America, which explores the Aids crisis in the United States during the 1980s.

Best Revival of a Musical: "Once on This Island".

Angels in America - a two-part play which lasts nearly eight hours - was first shown in 1991, but Andrew told Newsbeat a year ago that the play's message is still relevant.

By far the most emotional moment of the evening evoked the nation's divisions over gun reform, when Melody Herzfeld, drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony stage.

  • Kyle Peterson