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'Book of Mormon' wins best-musical Tony

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 11:03 PM

A best-musical win by "The Book of Mormon" was so expected that presenter Chris Rock couldn't help pointing out the obvious before he announced the inevitable.

"This is such a waste of time," he said. "It's like taking a hooker to dinner."

"Book of Mormon" co-creator and co-director Trey Parker thanked Joseph Smith, the 19th-century founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, whom he called his co-writer.

"He couldn't be here tonight, but you did it, Joseph," Parker said, raising a fist to the heavens. "You got the Tony!"

Rylance, Butz win best actor

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:50 PM

Mark Rylance won the Tony for best leading actor in a play, for "Jerusalem," and Norbert Leo Butz fulfilled predictions by taking best leading actor in a musical, for "Catch Me If You Can."

"This award doesn't mean that I'm the best at anything, but it does mean that I might be the most grateful man in this room tonight," Butz said.

Sutton Foster snags another Tony

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:40 PM

Sutton Foster has collected her second statuette for best leading actress in a musical, for "Anything Goes." Foster won her first Tony nine years ago in that category, for "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Frances McDormand wins best-actress Tony

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:35 PM

Frances McDormand has won best actress in a leading role in a play for Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire's new drama, "Good People," set in South Boston and Chestnut Hill.

'Mormon' award count at eight

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:29 PM

Brian MacDevitt has racked up another Tony for "The Book of Mormon," this one for best lighting of a musical.

'Anything Goes' is best musical revival

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:20 PM

In a field of two nominees, "Anything Goes" has triumphed, beating out "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" as best revival of a musical.

'Mormon,' 'War Horse' for scenic design

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:12 PM

The Tonys for best scenic design went to Scott Pask, in the musical category, for "The Book of Mormon," and Rae Smith, for "War Horse," in the play category.

'War Horse' wins Tony for best play

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 10:10 PM

Nick Stafford's British puppet play, "War Horse," based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, has won the Tony for best play.

The puppetry in "War Horse" is by Handspring Puppet Company, the winner of a special Tony Award this year.

'Normal Heart' wins best revival of a play

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 09:54 PM

Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" has won the Tony for best revival of a play.

"To gay people everywhere whom I love so, 'The Normal Heart' is our history," the playwright said, accepting the award.

At the podium, producer Daryl Roth called Kramer's drama "the ultimate love story."

The 1985 play competed in the revival category, but the current production is its first on Broadway.

For Kathleen Marshall, a third Tony

Posted by Laura Collins-Hughes June 12, 2011 09:46 PM

Kathleen Marshall grabbed the choreography Tony for "Anything Goes," Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won best costume design of a musical for "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," and Christopher Shutt added to the "War Horse" statuette count by winning best sound design of a play.

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