'Spamalot,' 'Doubt' Nab Top Tony Awards

The Monty Python musical Spamalot and Doubt, a drama about a priest suspected of molesting a boy, took the top awards at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Broadway celebrated the theater season in New York last night with the 2005 Tony Awards. The program included an early appearance by Billy Crystal.

(Soundbite from Tony Awards; telephone ringing)

Mr. BILLY CRYSTAL (Actor): What jerk would bring a cell phone to the Tonys?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. CRYSTAL: Oh, God, it's mine.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. CRYSTAL: I'm sorry, I have to take this. Hello?

Mr. HUGH JACKMAN (Actor): Billy, it's Hugh.

(Soundbite of cheers)

INSKEEP: That would be the actor, Hugh Jackman, last night's emcee. Some of last night's biggest awards went to "Doubt." It won the award for best play. The best actress honor went to that play's star, Cherry Jones. In this scene, she accuses a priest of child abuse.

(Soundbite of "Doubt")

Ms. CHERRY JONES: A dog that bites is a dog that bites. I do not justify what I do wrong and go on. I admit it, desist and take my medicine. Did you give Donald Muller wine to drink?

Mr. BRIAN O'BYRNE: No!

Ms. JONES: Mental reservation?

Mr. O'BYRNE: No!

Ms. JONES: You lie.

INSKEEP: "Doubt" was one of the highlights of an acclaimed and varied Broadway season. The season included a revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Bill Irwin won best actor for his role in it. The season also featured something completely different, "Monty Python's Spamalot."

(Soundbite of "Monty Python's Spamalot")

Group: (In unison) I don't know but it's been said...

Unidentified Man: We're off to war, we're not yet dead.

Group: (In unison) ...we're off to war, we're not yet dead.

INSKEEP: You are listening to the winner of the best musical. The spoof was adapted from the 1975 movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

(Soundbite of "Monty Python's Spamalot")

Group: (Singing) King Arthur's strongest knights, we are prepared to fight, ooh, well...

INSKEEP: "Spamalot" beat out another popular musical, "The Light in the Piazza," but that show won its own honors.

(Soundbite of "The Light in the Piazza")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) The light in the piazza...

INSKEEP: "The Light in the Piazza" took home six Tonys, more than any other production this year. And one more Tony Award went to Billy Crystal, the guy we heard with the cell phone. He won for special theatrical event for "700 Sundays," an autobiographical one-man show. And Crystal said, `I want to thank everybody on behalf of the entire cast.'

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