"We are all sacred and we all belong", he said.
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.
Nathan Lane, the longtime Broadway star who played the famously caustic dramatic role of Roy Cohn in "Angels", took home a Tony for best featured actor in a play. The cast of "Dear Evan Hansen" also will return for a performance of the song "You Will Be Found" for the In Memoriam section.
"The Band's Visit" became unstoppable when David Cromer, who staged the show, won for Best Director. The tweaked lines paid homage to theater's grueling eight-times-a-week schedule: "I'll see my friends when the contract ends" and "I'm holding on for dear life/someone please check on my kids and my wife".
The Oscar-winning actor is one of Trump's fiercest critics in Hollywood, which is saying something.
Springsteen attended the four-hour rehearsal Sunday morning and electrified the sleepy crowd when he walked onstage in a T-shirt and jeans, performed one song on the piano from his sold-out one-man show and departed to a standing ovation. Actress and former model Alana Stewart tweeted, "Can you just imagine what would've happened if an actor had said "F...."
More than 37 million people are now living with HIV/Aids - a disease which attacks the immune system - according to the World Health Organisation. "It didn't just change me, it saved me", he said. "Happy birthday, Judy Garland!"
The Band's Visit marks Stachel's Broadway debut. The musical also won Best Revival, Best Choreography, and Best Leading Actress in a Musical, among others.
Defending DeNiro, another said: "Want to criticize Robert DeNiro?".