First Timers Win Big at Tonys

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New blood ran through the veins of the 2011 Tony Awards. Many of the winners not only were first-time winners, but also were making their Broadway debuts this season.

Casey Nicholaw
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The award for Best Play went to Broadway newcomer Nick Stafford for War Horse, and the awards for Best Score and Best Book of a Musical went to "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, making their Broadway debuts with the help of Avenue Q Tony winner Robert Lopez.

Parker also won for Best Direction of a Musical, along with veteran Casey Nicholaw. Director of a Play went to first-timers Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris of War Horse.

Three winning actors in Featured Roles were making their Broadway debuts: John Larroquette of How to Succeed, Nikki M. James of Book of Mormon and Ellen Barkin of The Normal Heart.

Among designers, first-timers included Mark Wendland of The Merchant of Venice, Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardner of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Paule Constable and Rae Smith of War Horse.

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