`The Book of Mormon` nabs nine trophies at Tony awards

New York: `The Book of Mormon`, a buddy comedy about two missionaries, swooped the annual Tony Awards with nine trophies while `War Horse` took home six trophies including the best play.

``The Mormon`` also won the best musical award at the ceremony, which was hosted by funnyman Neil Patrick Harris.

The show``s haul represents the culmination of a triumphant first foray into Broadway by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who teamed with Avenue Q composer-lyricist Robert Lopez to write the play, the Hollywood Reporter said.

The musical earned awards for Parker, Lopez and Stone``s book and score, and for Casey Nicholaw and Parker``s direction.

"We really want to thank the audiences because you guys made the show what it is and I think you``re going to have to atone for it one day," said Parker.

Top play honors went to ``War Horse``, adapted by Nick Stafford, in association with South Africa``s Handspring Puppet Company, from the British children``s novel by Michael Morpurgo.

The heart warming story of a young farm boy from Devon who travels to the trenches of World War I France to be reunited with his beloved horse, the book is also being adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg.

Musical-comedy ``Anything Goes`` won for musical revival, with Sutton Foster bagging a Tony for lead actress in a musical while Kathleen Marshall won for choreography.

Larry Kramer``s impassioned 1985 drama against the AIDS epidemic, ``The Normal Heart``, won best play revival for Joel Grey and George C Wolfe``s production. It also won matching featured actor nods for John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin, making her Broadway debut.

Frances McDormand took the trophy for the lead actress in a play for her role as a struggling single mother in David Lindsay-Abaire``s ``Good People``.

Mark Rylance won the lead actor honours for Jez Butterworth``s Jerusalem, in which he plays a hard-partying throwback to the dragon-slaying warriors of England``s past.

The trophy for the lead actor in a musical went to Norbert Leo Butz in ``Catch Me if You Can``.

Featured actor in a musical went to multiple Emmy winner John Larroquette in his Broadway debut as the tycoon taken for a ride by Daniel Radcliffe``s ambitious young upstart in ``How to Success in Business Without Really Trying``.

Popularly known as Tony Award, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, honours achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City.


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