Best Musical & Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre - Book of Mormon
Robert Lopez, Matt Stone, Casey Nicholas and Trey Parker (L to R) show their awards for 'Book of Mormon."Trey Parker joked that he would be remiss if he didn't thank 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. REUTERS

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, known as the Tony Award, was presented last night in New York City. Tony awards:

The Book of Mormon, created by South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone, snatched nine prizes, including best musical.

War Horse, a British play noted for its spectacular life-size puppets, won five prizes, including best play and best director.

The Normal Heart, an Off Broadway hit in 1985 about the early years of AIDS in New York, generated the evening's most emotional heat, winning for best play revival and for supporting performances by Ellen Barkin, who plays a frustrated doctor, and John Benjamin Hickey, who plays a gay man with AIDS, the New York Times commented.

Catherine Zeta-Jones made her first public appearance since April, when her struggle with bipolar disorder was announced. Dressed in a dazzling red dress, Zeta-Jones presented best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play and best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical.

Here are the best shots from the night for the best play, musical, and performance winners.