It will come as no surprise to you that “The Book of Mormon,” the latest movie from the “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, was the biggest success of the night at Sunday’s 65th Annual Tony Awards from New York City. The movie grabbed nine awards, including best musical.
The religiously themed comedy received nine Tony Awards for: best direction, score, book, featured actress Nikki M. James, orchestration, sound design, lighting design and scenic design of a musical.
The musical was pretty sure to do well, having gained a record fourteen nominations. It was thought so certain to win the top honor that presenter Chris Rock put it all in perspective before opening the envelope.
“We know what the best musical is,” Rock said. “It’s such a waste of time; it’s like taking a hooker to dinner!”
After they scooped the big one, Parker and Stone, the duo who also created “South Park” and “Team America: World Police,” thanked Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church.
“The night would be a big disappointment if we didn’t thank our co-writer who passed away, Mr. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion,” Parker said. “He couldn’t be here tonight, but you did it Joseph. You got the Tony!”
Host Neil Patrick Harris opened the night with a hysterical rendition of “Broadway isn’t just for gays anymore!” before pointing out a number of straight celebrity audience members like Brooke Shields, Steven Colbert and Angela Lansbury.
The other big winners of the night were the World War I-themed musical “War Horse” which won five awards, including best play and “The Normal Heart” and “Anything Goes” won three awards each.