'Heights' wins Tony for best musical

June 15, 2008 at 11:24 PM
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NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- "In the Heights" was named best musical at the 62nd annual Tony Awards show in New York Sunday.

"South Pacific" won the Tony for best revival of a musical, while its star Paulo Szot picked up the award for lead actor in a musical.

Patti LuPone earned the prize for lead actress in a musical for her work in the revival of "Gypsy."

"Thank you so much," LuPone said as she collected her second Tony award. She previously won in 1980 for her portrayal of the title character in "Evita."

"It is such a wonderful gift to be an actor who makes her living on the Broadway stage and then every 30 years or so pick up one of these," she said, referring to her Tony statuette.

Earlier in the evening, LuPone's co-stars Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines won the awards for featured actress and actor in a musical.

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