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Tony Awards - 2009

'Billy Elliot' Takes 10 Awards of 15 Nominations

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 Tony Awards - 2009
Photo by Paul Cozby

With TV, movie and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris hosting for the first time, the 2009 Tony Awards were presented on national television from Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 7, 2009. Billy Elliot performed to expectations claiming 10 awards from its record-tying 15 nominations. (Billy tied the 2001 total of The Producers, which won a record 12 Tonys.)

The Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

This year's winners are in bold:

  • Best Musical
    Billy Elliot the Musical
    Next to Normal
    Rock of Ages
    Shrek the Musical


  • Best Play
    Dividing the Estate
    God of Carnage
    reasons to be pretty
    33 Variations


    





  • Best Book of a Musical
    

Lee Hall, Billy Elliot the Musical
    

Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal
    

David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical
    

Hunter Bell, [title of show]

    



  • Best Original Score
    Billy Elliot the Musical, 
Music: Elton John, 
Lyrics: Lee Hall
    Next to Normal, 
Music: Tom Kitt, 
Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
    9 to 5 the Musical, 
Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton
    Shrek the Musical, 
Music: Jeanine Tesori, 
Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire

    


  • Best Revival of a Play
    

Joe Turner's Come and Gone
    Mary Stuart
    The Norman Conquests
    
Waiting for Godot


  • Best Revival of a Musical
    

 Guys and Dolls
    Hair
    Pal Joey
    West Side Story


    


  • Best Special Theatrical Event
    

Liza's at The Palace
    
Slava's Snowshow
    
Soul of Shaolin
    
You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush


    


  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
    

Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage
    
Raúl Esparza, Speed-the-Plow
    
James Gandolfini, God of Carnage
    
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King

    
Thomas Sadoski, reasons to be pretty

    


  • Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
    

Hope Davis, God of Carnage
    
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
    
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
    
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
    
Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart

    


  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
    

David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish ‚ Billy Elliot the Musical

    
Gavin Creel, Hair
    
Brian d'Arcy James, Shrek the Musical
    
Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages
    
J. Robert Spencer, Next to Normal

    


  • Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
    

Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
    
Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical
    
Allison Janney, 9 to 5 the Musical
    
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal
    
Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story

    


  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
    

John Glover, Waiting for Godot
    
Zach Grenier, 33 Variations
    
Stephen Mangan, The Norman Conquests
    
Paul Ritter, The Norman Conquests
    Roger Robinson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

    


  • Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
    

Hallie Foote, Dividing the Estate
    
Jessica Hynes, The Norman Conquests
    
Marin Ireland, reasons to be pretty
    Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit
    
Amanda Root, The Norman Conquests

    


  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
    

David Bologna, Billy Elliot the Musical
    Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Marc Kudisch, 9 to 5 the Musical
    
Christopher Sieber, Shrek the Musical
    
Will Swenson, Hair

    


  • Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
    

Jennifer Damiano, Next to Normal
    
Haydn Gwynne, Billy Elliot the Musical
    Karen Olivo, West Side Story
    
Martha Plimpton, Pal Joey
    
Carole Shelley, Billy Elliot the Musical

    


  • Best Scenic Design of a Play
    

Dale Ferguson, Exit the King
    
Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests
    Derek McLane, 33 Variations
    
Michael Yeargan, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

    


  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical
    

Robert Brill, Guys and Dolls
    Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Scott Pask, Pal Joey
    
Mark Wendland, Next to Normal

    


  • Best Costume Design of a Play
    

Dale Ferguson, Exit the King
    
Jane Greenwood, Waiting for Godot
    
Martin Pakledinaz, Blithe Spirit
    Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart

    


  • Best Costume Design of a Musical
    

Gregory Gale, Rock of Ages
    
Nicky Gillibrand, Billy Elliot the Musical
    Tim Hatley, Shrek the Musical
    
Michael McDonald, Hair

    


  • Best Lighting Design of a Play
    

David Hersey, Equus
    
David Lander, 33 Variations
    Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
    
Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart

    


  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical
    

Kevin Adams, Hair
    
Kevin Adams, Next to Normal
    
Howell Binkley, West Side Story
    Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot the Musical

    


  • Best Sound Design of a Play
    

Paul Arditti, Mary Stuart
    Gregory Clarke, Equus
    
Russell Goldsmith, Exit the King
    
Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

    


  • Best Sound Design of a Musical
    

Acme Sound Partners, Hair
    Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Peter Hylenski, Rock of Ages
    
Brian Ronan, Next to Normal

    


  • Best Direction of a Play
    

Phyllida Lloyd, Mary Stuart
    
Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
    Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage
    
Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests

    


  • Best Direction of a Musical
    

Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Michael Greif, Next to Normal
    
Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages
    
Diane Paulus, Hair

    


  • Best Choreography
    

Karole Armitage, Hair
    
Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5 the Musical
    Peter Darling, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin's White Christmas

    


  • Best Orchestrations (Tie)
    

Larry Blank, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
    Martin Koch, Billy Elliot the Musical
    Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal
    
Danny Troob and John Clancy, Shrek the Musical

    


  • Lifetime Achievement in the Theater
    Jerry Herman

    


  • Regional Theater Tony Award
    Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia

    


  • Isabelle Stevenson Award
    Phyllis Newman

    


  • Excellence in the Theater
    Shirley Herz

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