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'Wife' and 'Avenue Q' top Tonys

June 6, 2004 at 11:22 PM

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- "I Am My Own Wife" won the top Tony award for a play Sunday night and the irrepressible "Avenue Q" won for best musical.

"Avenue Q," the Broadway production that borrowed the look of "Sesame Street" to tell New York stories, won other Tony award recognition Sunday night, Best Book for writer Jeff Whitty and the Best Original Score for Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.

The award for best actress in a play went to Phylicia Rashad for "A Raisin in the Sun," the first black actress to be so honored.

The best performance by a leading actor in a play was judged to be that of Jefferson Mays, also for "I Am My Own Wife."

Best performance by a featured actor in a play went to Brian F. O'Byrne, for "Frozen," and the featured actress award went to Audra McDonald for "A Raisin in the Sun."

For a musical, the Best Performance for an actor went to Michael Cerveris for "Assassins," and for actress, Anika Noni Rose, for "Carolina, or Change."

The Best Director Award for a play, according to the Tonys' official Web site tonyawards.com, went to Jack O'Brien for "Henry IV," and for a musical production, to Joe Mantello for "Assassins."

The award for best regional theater went to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

The award program was broadcast by CBS.

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