In addition to Lenk's accolade, the show garnered awards for best leading actor in a musical, best direction of a musical, best original score and best musical, among others.
Garfield, who in "Angels in America" plays Prior Walter, a gay man coping with AIDS and abandonment by his boyfriend, dedicated his award to "the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love" as they choose. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. "So let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked". Lane said the play still speaks to society in the midst of "political insanity".
Veteran actress Glenda Jackson picked up best actress for her performance in Three Tall Women.
Robert De Niro had a simple introduction to Bruce Springsteen's Tony performance. So to you all, I send you tight hugs and congratulations on jobs excellently done! On top of that, Springsteen performed a long monologue and a bit of "My Hometown", as he does in the show. Bareilles and Groban discussed while a few fans may know them from Broadway, some may know them from their melodies on the radio. They were amiable and game, opening with a amusing and chill little pop song about losing at the Tonys (which they both have done). "So this is for the people who lose", they sang.
This one's for the losers!
While "SpongeBob" and "Mean Girls" topped all shows with 12 nominations each, the widely praised "Band's Visit" is expected to prevail as best musical, while star Tony Shaloub is in a virtual horse race with SpongeBob actor, Ethan Slater.
But the Tonys also honored one of the biggest brands in popular culture, giving "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", an expensive and ambitious sequel to J.K. Rowling's seven smash-hit novels, the prize for best new play.
Shalhoub, best known for his role on Monk, exited The Band's Visit earlier this year.
There will also be additional performances from the casts of the Best Revival of a Musical category: "Carousel", "My Fair Lady", "Once on This Island" and "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical". He's a graduate of New York University's Tish drama department.
"It's such a great night", she said on the red carpet before the awards. To all artists out there, she said: "Just be your true self and the world will take note".