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'Band's Visit' and 'Harry Potter' dominate Tony Awards with inspired creativity. Why theater needs more

Revivals redeemed a lackluster Broadway year. But now that the Tony Awards have closed the book on the 2017-18 season, it will be easy for producers and press agents to spin a self-congratulatory narrative.

"The Band's Visit," as arrestingly original a show as "Hamilton" and "Fun Home," won the Tony for best musical along with nine other awards. Duplicating its success in London, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the two-part epic by Jack Thorne from an original story written by J.K. Rowling, Thorne and director John Tiffany, took the best play honors.

The big winners Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall were both slam-dunks.

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