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'The Book of Mormon' Sweeps Tony Awards
Sunday, June 12, 2011
"The Book of Mormon," a new musical from the creators of South Park and "Avenue Q," got nine Tonys on Sunday night. The play "War Horse" was next in line with five Tonys and one award for the Handspring Puppet Company, which created the puppets for the play. "The Normal Heart" and "Anything Goes" both got three Tony awards.
"I knew that the show was good for a really long time and I'm really excited and glad that everyone else is getting to see that, too," said Nikki M. James of "The Book of Mormon" on the red carpet outside the Beacon Theatre on Sunday night. James won a Tony for her role as Nabulungi in the production. "Hundreds of people are standing outside our theater every night looking for tickets, trying to get tickets, which is crazy."
"The Book of Mormon" also won Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Scenic Design for a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Orchestrations. One of the show's creators, Trey Parker, tied the record of "South Pacific" director Joshua Logan for winning three awards in one night.
"The fact that it was received so well...It's all a dream come true," said Andrew Rannells, who plays Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon."
Rannells performed a number from the musical at Sunday night's Tony awards. Although he didn't win, Rannells was nominated for a Tony for his role in the show. So were fellow cast members Josh Gad and Rory O'Malley.
"I knew this was going to be an amazing show because of the people who were involved, but I had no idea that it would be embraced by audiences in this way," said O'Malley. "I love musical theater and I think that it's very important for musical theater to have a show like this kinda break some boundaries."
All total, "The Book of Mormon got 14 nominations. "The Scottsboro Boys," which got 12 nominations, did not win a Tony Award.