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Tony Awards 2011 Highlights: 'Book Of Mormon' and 'War Horse' Win Big (PHOTOS, VIDEO) [UPDATED]

06/13/2011 04:40 am ET | Updated Aug 12, 2011

Tonight's 65th annual Tony Awards were one of the liveliest in recent memory. Returning host Neil Patrick Harris started the show off with a peppy song and dance number, sang twice more during the broadcast and finished the show off with a re-cap rap. It was "legen....wait for it...dary!"

One of the highlights from Harris' second tenure as host included an opening number that featured a vocal vignette by Stephen Colbert, an Anthony Weiner joke and the line "Broadway has never been broader, it's not just for gays anymore!" Harris tackled the elephant in the room, the continued troubles with "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark," in a 30-second segment in which he made as many quips as he could before time ran out. Hugh Jackman joined Harris on stage later in the show for a medley of show-tunes with lyrics altered to script a fight over which of the two is a better Tonys host.

Among other presenters, Bono and The Edge seemed to be the standouts for their willingness to make fun of their musical's recent troubles, stating, "it has been confirmed by the Reverend Harold Camping that 'Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark' will be opening Tuesday." Trey Parker and Matt Stone caused some chuckles when they thanked their deceased co-writer Joseph Smith upon winning the award for Best New Musical.

The Best Musical numbers of the evening were from "Anything Goes", "Book Of Mormon", "Scottsboro Boys", and "Company." Best Lead Actress In A Musical winner Sutton Foster showed off her tap dancing skills in the delightful titular number of the musical "Anything Goes".

The big winners of the night were "Book of Mormon" with 9 Tonys and "War Horse" with 6 Tonys. Notable winners included John Laroquette, Ellen Barkin, Nikki M. James, Sutton Foster, Norbert Leo Butz, Frances McDormand and Mark Rylance. To see a full list of winners click here.

See videos and photos of the highlights below.

Tony Awards Highlights
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