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The Book of Mormon wins big at 2011 Tony Awards

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Andrew Rennells performing "I believe" from the Book of Mormon at the 2011 Tony Awards, courtesy of youtube

Creators of the animated satirical comedy South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, captured Broadway by storm this Tony season with their stage debut The Book of Mormon.

The irreverent musical stole the show last night by taking home nine awards, including best musical, best musical score, and best actress in a featured role.

As Parker stepped up to accept the best musical award, he thanked Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion.

"He couldn't be here tonight, but you did it, Joseph, you got the Tony," he said.

The tearjerker War Horse, known for its innovative use of puppetry, won all five awards it was nominated for, including best play. The dramatic play tells the story of a boy and his horse during the chaos of World War I. A film adaptation by Steven Spielberg is set to release later this year. 

Spiderman: Turn off the Dark was briefly featured in a musical performance, but was ineligible for nominations. Julie Taymor's adaptation of the comic book hero seemed promising enough with her past Lion King success, as well as music and lyrics provided by Bono and the Edge of U2 fame. Due to numerous cast injuries and terrible reviews, the show has yet to officially open.  

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