‘Mormon’ Dominates Tonys

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(Wall Street Journal) — The Tony Awards belonged to a foul-mouthed-but-friendly show that couldn’t put most of its lyrics on national television.  As theater watchers predicted, “The Book of Mormon” dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday night, racking up nine awards. Honors for the edgy musical about Mormon missionaries in Uganda—written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with “Avenue Q” creator Robert Lopez—included best musical, best book, best original score and best direction.  In his acceptance speech for best direction, Mr. Parker kept it clean, shimmering in a spangled black shirt under his tuxedo jacket. He thanked the show’s audiences—”you’re going to have to atone for it,” he told them. He finished with a nod to “our co-writer who passed away, Mr. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. He couldn’t be here tonight but you did it, Joseph, you got the Tony.”

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