Nine Tonys for The Book of Mormon
A musical from the creators of hit TV show South Park has triumphed at the Tony Awards in the US.
The Book Of Mormon took home nine Tonys - including best musical - propelled by a so-offensive-it's-funny look at two naive missionaries who arrive in Uganda and find misery, gun-toting warlords, villages infected with HIV and people considering having sex with babies as a cure.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the Emmy Award-winning South Park, found a kindred soul in Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the Tony-winning Avenue Q, and all three found themselves with a haul of awards when they collaborated to gently mock Mormons and send-up Broadway itself.
Collecting the best musical prize, a subdued Trey, who tied with Josh Logan of South Pacific with four Tonys in one evening, said he would be remiss if he did not thank his late book co-writer, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church.
"You did it, Joseph! You got the Tony!" Parker said, looking skyward and holding up his award.
British actor Mark Rylance won the best acting award for a play for his powerful role of Johnny "Rooster" Byron in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem.
John Larroquette, in his Broadway debut, won the award for best actor in a featured role in a musical for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He thanked his co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who was not nominated, saying that without the Harry Potter star he would be "home, sitting in my underwear, watching this on television".