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Billy Elliot and God of Carnage Lead 2009 Tony Award Winners


It was a spirited and star-studded Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday night and Broadway would have it no other way. Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton and more (including, of course, this year's host, Neil Patrick Harris), all came out for the theatrical awards show. By far the majority of the honors went to Billy Elliot, the Musical, while the comedic play God of Carnage and the musical Next to Normal also did quite well. Angela Lansbury was lauded for her performance in Blithe Spirit while Marcia Gay Harden took home a Tony for her God of Carnage role. There was also some love for Equus and some recognition for Shrek the Musical. To see a full list of 2009 Tony winners,

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BEST MUSICAL
Billy Elliot, The Musical

BEST PLAY
God of Carnage

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Hair

BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Lee Hall, Billy Elliot, The Musical

ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE:
Next to Normal

REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Norman Conquests

SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENT
Liza's at The Palace

PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King

PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage

PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish, Billy Elliot, The Musical

PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal

PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY:
Roger Robinson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY:
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit

PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot, The Musical

PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Karen Olivo, West Side Story

SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
Derek McLane, 33 Variations

SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot, The Musical

COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart

COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical

LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY:
Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot, The Musical

SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
Gregory Clarke, Equus

SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot, The Musical

DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot, The Musical

CHOREOGRAPHY
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot, The Musical

ORCHESTRATIONS:
Martin Koch, Billy Elliot, The Musical; Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal

SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE
Jerry Herman.

REGIONAL THEATRE TONY AWARD
Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Phyllis Newman

TONY HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
Shirley Herz

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JCP0240 JCP0240 6 years
I just watched NPH's song, so great! I seriously cannot get enough NPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
shmoo15 shmoo15 6 years
Is it just me, or did all the musical numbers sounds like crap? Either the sound was WAY off, or the principals need singing lessons
shmoo15 shmoo15 6 years
Is it just me, or did all the musical numbers sounds like crap?Either the sound was WAY off, or the principals need singing lessons
ana-isabel ana-isabel 6 years
I loved that the 3 billies won. They seemed so awe struck they didn't know what to say.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 6 years
Billy Eliot is quite well done and Marcia Gay Harden is great in God of Carnage; two well deserved wins, indeed. Can't wait to see Hair in August!
JCP0240 JCP0240 6 years
Oh no!!! I fell asleep towards the end and let the dvr take over. This morning when I watched best musical was cut off too. :(
fireyelectra fireyelectra 6 years
JCP, NPH did sing -- at the very end of the show over the credits. I had hoped for more, too.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
In my 10 years of watching the show, that was definitely the best Tony ceremony ever. And Liza is just a riot.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
Liza busted out the jazz hands for this shot.
khameel khameel 6 years
I think the show went really well! I love the Tonys.
JCP0240 JCP0240 6 years
There wasn't enough NPH. I was hoping he would do a song...but that didn't happen. Instead they had performances from old shows such as Mama Mia, Jersey Boys, and something else I can't remember. The highlight was definitely the 3 Billy Elliot's win & acceptance speech.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 6 years
No James Gandolfini? :(
fleurfairy fleurfairy 6 years
No James Gandolfini? :(
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