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Tony Awards Ratings Up 20% -- Thanks NPH!

Tony Awards Ratings Up 20% -- Thanks NPH!

Billy Elliot: The Musical stars Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish and David Alvarez hold up their Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical (the first time three actors were nominated for one role) at the 2009 Tony Awards held at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday (June 7).

How adorkable were their acceptance speeches?!

Billy Elliot won the most statues of the night, picking up 10 Tonys including the coveted Best Musical. The all-American Hair won as Best Musical Revival.

Thanks for host Neil Patrick Harris, 7.5 million viewers tuned in, up about 20% from last year and the show’s highest ratings in three years. Watch NPH‘s closing musical number below!

Neil Patrick Harris – Closing Number at 2009 Tony Awards

I was able to go to the rehearsals earlier that morning and NPH jokingly sang towards the end of the closing song, “Don’t Twitter all my jokes.” Ha!

Click inside for the full list of 2009 Tony Awards winners…



Best Musical
Billy Elliot

Best Actor in a Musical
David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik, Billy Elliot

Best Actress in a Musical
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal

Best Revival of a Musical

Best Play
God of Carnage

Best Revival of a Play
The Norman Conquests

Best Actress in a Play
Marica Gay Harden, God of Carnage

Best Actor in a Play
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Karen Olivo, West Side Story

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot

Best Special Theatrical Event
Liza Minnelli, Liza’s at the Palace

Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot

Best Direction of a Play
Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage

Best Original Score
Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics), Next to Normal

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Roger Robinson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Best Book of a Musical
Lee Hall, Billy Elliot

Best Choreography
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot

Best Sound Design of a Play
Gregory Clarke, Equus

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Derek McLane, 33 Variations

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Best Orchestrations
(Tie between)
Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal
and Martin Koch, Billy Elliot

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Photos: Bryan Bedder/Andrew H. Walker/Getty, Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
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  • mertz

    i love nph and he was a good host for the tony’s. loved his shiny suit. yaaaayyyyyyyyyy billy elliot and elton, david, and david alvarez!!!!

  • Swan

    loved the show last night, all the performances were great. the billys acceptance speech really was so adorable. the tony awards always make me want to live in manhattan

  • ME

    yes nph is great actor

  • mertz

    “the tony awards always make me want to live in manhattan”

    me too. we get a lot of shows here that come from new york, but i don’t get a lot of chances to go an see more than a couple productions a year which bites huge. ugh. i was sitting down watching this and saw that equus win best set and was like fcuck i needed to see that play. theatre’s the best.

  • jenna

    Hi Tyler!!

  • Julie

    haha. that was hilarious. i didn;t watch the tony’s but i really like his ong. i didn’t know he could sing!

  • F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n

    the gay awards. LOL..
    i bet all 3 of these little boys have already kissed boys.

  • Mika

    Great song and great singer! :)

  • Rachael

    #7: YOU’RE AN ASSWIPE!!!

  • Vanessa

    I know NPH is gay, but I’d do him!!! I love him. He was the best host EVER for the Tony’s — with the exceptionof Hugh Jackman. How he could remember the song when the winners were just announced minutes away was beyond me. He did great.

    F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n.
    Has anyone told you lately that you are complete jerk?!!!! If not, well I just did!!

  • Jake G

    @F u g F a c e M a n ! s t o n: I kiss boys all the time!

  • Noticias de famosos

    Congratulations Billy Elliot for the prizes.

  • Jessica

    honestly Jared? adorkable? i dont even think i’ve ever used that word..

  • awww

    Billy Elliot boys are so cute!

  • Laura

    LOVE LOVE LOVE him!!!!!



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    Alvarez looks like an illegal.

  • lesle

    Only watched some of it but Rock of Ages was cool in a straight way

  • Desert

    I don’t know if they’ll air the Tony Awards here in Oz, but NPH sounded wonderful! I knew he could sing but didn’t realise he could sing that well. :)

  • Desert

    I don’t know if they’ll air the Tony Awards here in Oz, but NPH sounded wonderful! I knew he could sing but didn’t realise he could sing that well. :)

    #16 – SICKENING! @ 06/08/2009 at 6:36 pm : Get a life. I’d rather be a sinner any day rather than be a close-minded, whiny, miserable little f***wit like you.

  • francesca

    i was at the tony’s!
    and i met kiril kulish and david bologna!

    they are so so cute. and i’m so happy that the billy’s won (sadly, david didn’t). it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

    everyone should see billy elliot.

  • lizzie

    Great Tonys. NPH was so fun as host, and three cheers for Billy Elliot, one of the most moving and thrilling shows I’ve ever seen.

    I saw Trent in the show, wow. Also have seen many videos with each of the three boys and think they deserved the joint win. And the direction of Stephen Daltry was flawless, and congrats to all of the artists who won for that and other top quality shows. Great!

  • Vestes de Cuisine

    I’ve never watched the Tony’s before but I did for some odd reason this year and they were actually pretty good!

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    Th award winners really deserved the prestige they got. I watched Billy Elliot twice at a stretch and loved the movie. Really nice music made more fantastic by powerful acting and dance.

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    Though I like Billy Eliot-1 better, I still think that the musical is really worth the award. The young boys have done a great job indeed.

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