John Tiffany accepts the award for Best Direction of a Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.
Nathan Lane, Broadway's No. 1 musical-comedy actor for years, can now make the claim that he's Broadway's No. 1 dramatic actor, too, picking up the Tony for his chilling and brilliant performance as Roy Cohn, Donald Trump's lawyer, in "Angels in America".
Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield took home acting prizes and rocker Bruce Springsteen received a special Tony, while a revival of the AIDS drama "Angels in America" was named best play revival and "Once On This Island" won best musical revival.
Best Recap of Mean Girls: Fey was on hand to introduce the musical version of her film Mean Girls, which she described as a play about "the vicious gifts of teenage girls and how we have to stop emulating them".
The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans a year ago.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" won the Tony for best play on Sunday while "The Band's Visit" swept the musical categories with 10 wins, including the top award best musical at Broadway's annual honors for the best in theater. He then referenced last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled in favor of a baker's right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs. The smart bet was that Broadway would give her a Tony for her script.
"The Band's Visit" became unstoppable when David Cromer, who staged the show, won for Best Director.
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".
Kushner went even further, calling Trump's presidency "the Hitler mistake" that put a "borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House". She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to NY, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn't work. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".