Tony Awards: Check out the 2011 winners list here!


Surprising exactly no one, Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s The Book of Mormon took home Best Musical tonight at the Beacon Theatre, as well as eight other Tony Awards. Other multiple winners included The Normal Heart and War Horse, which galloped its way to snagging Best Play and a slew of technical awards. See what other productions will be able to augment their marquees tomorrow morning with the full list of winners below.

Best Musical
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me if You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

WINNER: The Book of Mormon

Best Play
Good People
The Motherf—er With the Hat
War Horse

WINNER: War Horse

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

WINNER: Frances McDormand, Good People

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It’s You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

WINNER: Sutton Foster, Anything Goes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf—er With the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem 

WINNER: Mark Rylance, Jerusalem 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

WINNER: Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf—er With the Hat
Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice

WINNER: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse

Best Direction of a Musical
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

WINNER: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bête
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf—er With the Hat

WINNER: Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Billy Crudup, Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vázquez, The Motherf—er With the Hat

WINNER: John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

WINNER: Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O’Malley, The Book of Mormon 

WINNER: John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Revival of a Play
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart

WINNER: The Normal Heart

Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

WINNER: Anything Goes

Best Book of a Musical
Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys
Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane, Sister Act

WINNER: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can

WINNER: Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon

Best Original Score Written for the Theater
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys
Alan Menken (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics), Sister Act
David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

WINNER: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

WINNER: Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can
Brian Ronan, Anything Goes

Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

WINNER: Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners & Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Simon Baker, Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem
Christopher Shutt, War Horse

WINNER: Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice

Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Mark Thompson, La Bête

Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday

WINNER: Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes

Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon
Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

WINNER: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf—er With the Hat
Rae Smith, War Horse
Ultz, Jerusalem
Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice

WINNER: Rae Smith, War Horse

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys
Derek McLane, Anything Goes
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 

WINNER: Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys
Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes

Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon

WINNER: Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, War Horse
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem

WINNER: Paule Constable, War Horse

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  • Sue Sylvester

    My inner-mormon, Ethel, is rolling in her grave.

    • Matt

      meh, not your best.

    • teej

      Broadway great Ethel’s last name was Merman not Morman.

      • V

        Thanks for the clarification!

  • MW

    So does this mean Trey and Matt have EGOT’ed now? Or have they never won a Grammy?

    • HD

      Not sure about a Grammy but pretty sure they’ve never won an Oscar though they were nominated for Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

      • actually

        they have won an oscar

      • t.g. pierson

        Nope…No Oscar.

      • Woot

        Nominated for the song, “Blame Canada” but it didn’t win.

      • Ryan

        Stupid Phil Collins’ song for Tarzan won. Academy of old geezers.

      • Tom

        Blame Canada was a better song. It should have won.

      • jason

        yeah those old geezers who picked “lose yourself” and “it’s hard out here for a pimp”. yeah my grandpa loves eminem and three-six mafia.

      • Meier

        For whatever it’s worth, I think Trey Parker has a student Academy Award.

      • Cate

        Pretty sure they don’t have a Grammy yet, but they may get one with this show’s cast album.

  • Brian

    It seemed as though that when winner Frances McDormand was leaving the stage she didn’t want to have an escort taking her backstage.

    • Dan

      Brian: I noticed that too. In fact it was kind a violent “hands off”. What’s up with that?

      • MF

        I thought she seemed overwhelmed and wanted to get off the stage before her emotions took over and she started crying or similar excitement-based hysterics.

    • Jen

      She is odd.

    • Fishpaw

      Yeah I noticed that also. Even Daniel was looking off to where she exited and waited for a bit before continuing with Best Actress in a Musical. She was nuts from her attire to the end of her speech.

  • SH

    I usually love a big tap number but Anything Goes was duller than dust. It’s Raining Men was great fun!

  • Cris

    Kudos to Book or Mormon. Hopefully this is a little bit of vindication for all the Best Animated Program Grammys you guys have been snubbed.

    • Cris

      D’oh! Emmys. I’m an idiot.

  • Tanya S

    It is pretty intolerant to make fun of a religion in a musical. Can you imagine…”Islam-The Musical”? It would never fly. But because it is about Mormons it is okay!

    • Ken

      From what I have read, it pokes fun at Mormonism but it isn’t mean spirited. I have read that even Mormons have seen the show and enjoyed it a lot. Besides, Matt and Trey have made fun of every faith at some point in their careers. They are equal opportunity offenders.

      • John

        Well said.

      • Me

        Equal opportunity or not. Making fun of others is not cool.

      • Girlie

        Not really, because they apologized to the Muslims after they did make fun of them. I am a Mormon and I listened to the soundtrack. It’s not funny and I love South Park. The song where they sing about Jospeh Smith “F–king little babies” not funny. I lost all respect for Matt and Trey after they apologized to the Muslims before they put this musical out. Any admiration that I had for Matt and Trey are completely gone after they made this play. I don’t know any Mormon, me included who went to see this and actually liked it. It’s insulting not that they make fun of us but how they did it.

      • lou

        It’s a good thing they are not making fun of others then.

      • Me

        @lou bigot much?

    • Bret

      Shut up. Just shut up. While it does occasionally poke fun, it has a VERY strong message regarding faith and hope in a very eloquent manner. Don’t be so one-sided and know what you’re talking about before you look stupid.

      • Me

        So, if there was a play that included a positive message, but made fun of an identifiable group, it would be ok? I would hope that we would all have evolved in the 21st century.

      • V

        “Shut up. Just shut up?” Were you raised in a barn or a prison? Were you on the debate team in high school?

      • Ian

        @me — Short answer Yes. If someone is unable to take some ribbing, than God forbid they’re the victims of actual harsh criticism. Get over yourself. Do you know what you get when we make it impossible for someone to make fun of someone? We get extremists murdering people for something as harmless as a cartoon in a newspaper, and we get dictators. Personally, I like the idea that we can poke fun and have a positive message at the same time. Even without the positive message, I still fully support everyone’s right to poke fun at whatever they’d like. Then again, I’m a reader…

      • Me

        @ Ian,

        I guess you are not a minority, right? Everyone has a right to their opinion, but bigotry is not appreciated. Bullies think they are “ribbing” people, too. I vote for showing all people respect and not making anyone else an object of ridicule. That would be a very positive message.

    • Dan

      I don’t think Matt and Trey want to get killed.

    • jo ann

      In what seems to be a neverending year of gay this and gay that and boo hoo this and equal rights that…I’m glad my 2 favorite art/theater dudes (who make fun of everyone and everything including themselves) won BIG TIME. Go Trey and Matt! Viva la resistance! I will not check back to see a response so go nuts! Haha nuts.

      • m

        you can be happy for people who are intelligent and know how to stir the pot like Stone and Parker, but why do you need to be so ignorant about it? BS you’re not checking back.

    • Ryan

      Oh, give it a break Tanya. The Mormon religion isn’t the only one that is constantly being made fun of. The Book of Mormon isn’t even mean-spirited. It’s just a comedy that even the Mormon church has said was fine. Quit trying to stir up crap you cynical Stan.

      • Me

        The Mormon church did not say the play was fine. In the press release, they just refused to address the content of the play directly. Check your facts.

      • Girlie

        No the Mormon Church didn’t say it was okay. They didn’t address it because it wouldn’t make a difference. The thing is it is mean spirited. If Matt and Trey made a play making fun of gays it would be considered mean spirited and intolerant. However, this is considered a good comedy but in reality it is mean spirited and intolerant.

      • jul

        I’m not okay with reps from the Mormon church knocking on my door! I find it annoying and invasive.
        So there. :P

      • JoeD

        Who cares what the Mormon church thinks? Everyone else’s religon gets parodied and made fun of. Why should Mormons get a pass?

      • Ryan

        @Me and Girlie

        I’ve actually read their statement and they said they understood it was a parody and that was fine as long as people don’t take it seriously. Also, the play isn’t mean-spirited. That’s bull.

        Get your facts straight.

      • Me

        @ JoeD Everyone should get a pass and receive respect.

        @ Ryan

        The following is the Mormon Church statement on the Book of Mormon play (copied from website):

        “In response to news media requests, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding the Broadway musical entitled The Book of Mormon:

        The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”

        Funny, Ryan nowhere do I see the words “it is fine as long as you don’t take it seriously.” Get your facts straight.


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  • Erwin Piscator

    Yawn. I didn’t watch. Why encourage egomania, prima donnas and attention getters? Any one of us can write a play better than what’s on Broadway. Or act better than those clowns. Don’t sell yourself short. Anybody remember Thomas Dartmouth Rice? Alfred De Musset? Georg Buchner? Aleksandra Exter? Susannah Centlivre? Therese Giehse? Heinrich George? Thought not. They were famous in their day but now nobody remembers them. It’s all so fascile and vain. Showbiz people are so full of themselves, so boring.

    • Ryan

      I think there’s a big stick up your ass. Go ahead and pull it on out and then come back and join us here on planet Earth.

    • bob g

      Yea, know them all. And all their work was crap. I think the Pee Wee Hermsn show was robbed-not ond nomination.

    • jul

      Bitter…party of Erwin…your table is ready.

    • Rose

      I am sorry, but this is the most profoundly hipster-ish statement I’ve heard in weeks. And I live in Brooklyn.

      • Dgently

        @Rose: LOL. Greetings from across the bridge.

      • Karinthia

        I found just what I was needed, and it was etnertaining!

  • A Martin

    What a great show! Funny, exhuberant, touching, classy and most of all, entertaining!!! MTV Movie Awards and future Oscar producers, are you watching? It’s sad that in this reality tv and sports-obsessed world, we forget that, in the end, it is The Arts, that defines society and culture and not the other way around. Kudos to NPH and everyone involved! I’m glad I watched it live and DVR’d it! Great night!

    • Erwin Piscator

      Gee, now I’m sorry I missed it after a great review like that.

    • Fishpaw

      DVR’d it too. Pissed me off that it ran over and I didn’t get to record the end rap number by NPH which was AWSOME!!!!. Cut those damn speeches off , fewer commericals fix a way for DVR’s to keep recording when the show runs over

  • Del Taco

    Tony’s are always the best awards show. So much fun.

  • baddog

    No way did Niki James weak performance in Mormon deserve to beat Laura Benanti! We saw Mormon on Friday…she sucked “Salta layka sh*ty”! Whereas anyone (including a lot of other award givers) saw Laura performance in Verge as a complete showstopper. Listen to the song (download it) then imagine her running in like 8 inch heels all over the stage – she owned it!

  • shane

    So happy for Matt and Trey and the incredible moment of beauty and art meeting emotion that is War Horse.

  • Terry

    Why, oh, why, oh, why did the Best Musical nominees ALL lip-sync their numbers. That’s not the Broadway I love, it’s Britney Spears!

  • Jon

    Without Avenue Q, there is no Book of Mormon. It’s sad that Robert Lopez is never recognized by the media outlets.

  • namor

    i am not a mormon. they just seem like an easy target. artsy-fartsy types like to think of themselves as being cutting edge. what not a comedy making fun of muslims…or atheists? oh, yeah…that wouldn’t be politically correct.

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