March 28, 2017

Tony Awards open up the “Book of Mormon,” “War Horse”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In a fairly predictable affair, the immensely popular “Book of Mormon” grabbed nine Tony Awards – including Best Musical – during Sunday’s telecast, broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

“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,” co-creator Trey Parker said. Parker and his creative partner Matt Stone, of course, are the driving force behind “South Park.”

Best Play, meanwhile, went to Nick Stafford’s “War Horse,” which soon will be a feature film from director Steven Spielberg.

The ceremony was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who made several jokes at the expense of the troubled “Spider-Man” musical and brought the house down with a duet with Hugh Jackman.

The Tony Award winners are:

Play
War Horse by Nick Stafford

Musical
The Book of Mormon

Book of a Musical
The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone

Original Score
The Book of Mormon, music and lyrics Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone

Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Revival of Musical
Anything Goes

Lead Actor in a Play
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem

Lead Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People

Lead Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can

Lead Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes

Featured Actor in a Play
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart

Featured Actress in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart

Featured Actor in a Musical|
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Featured Actress in a Musical
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon

Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris, War Horse

Direction of a Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon

Choreography
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes

Orchestrations
Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon

Scenic Design of a Play
Rae Smith, War Horse

Scenic Design of a Musical
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon

Costume Design of a Play
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest

Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel, Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, War Horse

Lighting Design of a Musical
Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon

Sound Design of a Play
Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement
Athol Fugard
Philip J. Smith

Regional Theater Tony Award
Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Eve Ensler

Special Tony Award
Handspring Puppet Company

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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