'The Book Of Mormon' Sweeps The Tonys
The Book of Mormon was the big winner at the Tony Awards, which were given out on Sunday night in New York City's Beacon Theater, bagging six wins from 14 nominations.
The hilarious — yet poignant — musical, directed by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, which follows two young missionaries sent to Uganda to convert citizens to Mormonism, won the awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations and Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
The only other production that came close to The Book of Mormon in terms of nominations was The Scottsboro Boys (the story of nine young, innocent African American men accused of raping two white women in rural Alabama in the 1930s) with 12 nominations. However, the cast and crew will be ruing their poor luck – they couldn’t convert any of the nominations into wins.
The award for the Best Play went to War Horse, which centers on the relationship between Albert, a teenager growing up on a farm in Devon, England, just before World War I, and his beloved half-thoroughbred horse, Joey, who is sold by Albert’s cash-strapped parents to the cavalry. The play’s directors Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, and set designer Rae Smith also walked away with awards.
Neil Patrick Harris (pictured) excelled as the host, with his 30-second jokes binge on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and uproarious skit with Hugh Jackman, much to the delight of the audience, which included Brooke Shields, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Al Pacino, to name a few.
The other winners:
Best Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Best Costume Design of a Play
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert