The Broadway production of Billy Elliot has won 10 Tony Awards at a star studded ceremony held in New York.
The total number of wins sets a new record for a British Musical, bringing the overall number of awards the show has won internationally to a staggering 73.
As well as Best Musical – an award the show has previously won in both the UK and Australia – Billy Elliot the Musical also won the Tony for:
Best Direction of a Musical – Stephen Daldry
Best Choreography – Peter Darling
Best Book of a Musical – Lee Hall
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – Gregory Jbara
Best Orchestrations – Martin Koch
Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Ian MacNeil
Best Sound Design of a Musical – Paul Arditti
Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Rick Fisher
Held at Radio City Musical Hall with an audience of 6000, the Billys – David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish – received a standing ovation as they were awarded their shared Tony.
Shortly after Liza Minnelli presented Elton John, Stephen Daldry, Eric Fellner and Sally Greene with the Tony for Best Musical. They were joined on stage by a delighted cast, production team and co-producers.
The Broadway production, which opened in October 2008, continues its hugely successful run at the Imperial Theatre. Meanwhile the London production recently celebrated its fourth birthday with the debut performance by 12 year old Oliver Gardner from Bath, who joins the cast as the thirty third performer to play the title role.