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Tony Awards: Nikki M. James wins Tony for 'Book of Mormon'

June 12, 2011 |  6:14 pm

James "The Book of Mormon" increased its haul of Tonys on Sunday when Nikki M. James won the award for featured actress in a musical.

James gave a rambling, effusive speech thanking colleagues and family members. She also thanked the show for "changing the face of American theater." The actress plays a member of the African village visited by two American Mormon missionaries.

James beat out stiff competition in her category, including Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, Tammy Blanchard and Victoria Clark.

"The Book of Mormon" has so far won five Tonys for the evening. The musical won't sweep the awards, however, since it lost in the choreography category to "Anything Goes."

During a commercial break, the revival of "The Importance of Being Earnest" picked up an award for costume design for a play.


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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Nikki M. James. Credit: Peter Foley / EPA

Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing