Sunday, June 7, 2009

Billy Elliot is the Big Winner at Tony Awards

Billy Elliot, The Musical was the big winner at tonight's 63rd Tony Awards, honoring the best of the Broadway season. The tale of a British coal miner's son who dreams of becoming a dancer earned 10 statuettes -- including one for best musical. And in a first, the show's three young stars -- David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish -- shared the award for best peformance by a leading actor (click here to see their win).

Angela Lansbury won her fifth Tony for her featured role as spiritual medium Madame Arcati in the revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Other winners included Geoffrey Rush and Marcia Gay Harden -- who both now have Tony Awards to keep their Oscars company. The complete list of winners can be found here.

6/8 ratings update: Broadway's big night was seen by 7.45 million people. Nielsen Media Research says that's a 19 percent increase over last year's awards show, which had 6.27 million viewers. Nielsen said it was the biggest audience for the Tonys in three years, the second biggest since 2003.

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