updated 06/12/2011 AT 11:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/12/2011 AT 11:30 PM ET
Broadway got religious Sunday night – make that sacrilegious – with the wildly irreverent The Book of Mormon dominating the 65th annual Tony Awards, as expected.
“This is such a waste of time,” said Chris Rock as he was about to open the envelope, “like taking a hooker to dinner.”
Lampooning young Latter Day Saints on a mission to Uganda, the musical, with a book and score by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, went into the evening with 14 nominations and walked away with nine Antoinette Perry Awards, including best musical, score, book, featured actress Nikki M. James, among others.
Parker, who co-directed Mormon with Casey Nicholaw, thanked South Park fans when the two were named best directors of a musical. “If it weren’t for you guys,” said Parker, “we wouldn’t be here.”