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In pictures: Tony Awards

Actors David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik

The three young stars of the Broadway production Billy Elliot (David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik) won a unique triple prize for best actor at this year's Tony Awards.

Trent Kowalik

Fourteen-year-old Kowalik took to the stage to perform a scene from the musical, which was based on the British film of the same name. The show scooped a total of 10 awards.

Stephen Daldry, Sir Elton John and David Furnish

Stephen Daldry (left) won best director for Billy Elliot, but Sir Elton John missed out in the best score category, which instead went to suburban melodrama Next to Normal.

The cast of Shrek

The cast of Shrek were among the performers at the ceremony in New York. The film adaptation won an award for best costume design.

Constantine Maroulis and the cast of Rock of Ages

The cast of Rock of Ages put on a raucous medley of hits from their show, which celebrates 1980s hair metal with songs by Journey, Twisted Sister and Pat Benatar.

Bret Michaels and CC  DeVille of the band Poison

Bret Michaels (right) and CC DeVille of the band Poison opened the show. But Michaels was injured when a piece of the set fell on his head and knocked him over.

Geoffrey Rush and Gregory Jbara

Gregory Jbara (right) scooped the prize for best performance by a featured actor for Billy Elliot. Geoffrey Rush won best performance by a leading actor in a play for Exit the King.

Angela Lansbury and Jerry Herman

Angela Lansbury presented Jerry Herman with the lifetime achievement award in theatre. The composer and lyricist's credits include Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.

Angela Lansbury

Lansbury, best known for starring in the US TV show Murder she Wrote, won her own award. She took home the trophy for best featured actress in a play for Blithe Spirit.

Sir David Elton and Liza Minnelli

An emotional Liza Minnelli accepted the prize for special theatrical event for her show Liza's at the Palace. She described the award as "exquisite".

Josefina Scaglione and Matt Cavenaugh

Josefina Scaglione and Matt Cavenaugh, the stars of West Side Story, peformed during the event in New York.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton was also present to perform a song from her 9 to 5 musical. The Tony Awards were established in 1947 and are named for actress and director Antoinette Perry.

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