“In an effort to preserve this priceless cultural treasure and the many jobs it creates from coast to coast, Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill in Congress called the Stage Act,” James said.
Borle chimed in: “Taking effect this year, the bill affords vital tax benefits to Broadway, similar to those offered to the film and television industries. Thank you, Senator Schumer.”
As the cameras panned to the tux-sporting senator, who was seated in the audience, he beamed and pointed to the silver ribbon on his lapel, which many attendees sported in honor of the victims of the mass shooting early Sunday in Orlando.
There were other political moments in the evening’s ceremony — a skit featured Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton impersonators, and there were jabs aplenty directed at the presumptive GOP nominee — but the tax-law call-out might have been the only policy reference.