AFP-The musical "Once," which tells the story of the love between a musician and an immigrant singer and pianist, was the big winner at this year's Tony awards ceremony, scooping a total of eight prizes.
"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris won the Tony for best play and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" won the awards for best revival play and best director of a play for Mike Nichols.
Tony awards are given for excellence in theater and are considered to be the Broadway equivalent of the Oscars, which are given for best performances in the movie industry.
"Once", which went into the contest with a total of eleven nominations, gained some of the most important awards: best musical, best director of a musical for John Tiffany, and best actor for Steve Kazee.
In addition, it gained the prizes for best screenplay, sound, instrumentation, lighting and scenery.
"Once" is based on an Irish musical film, which in 2007 won the Oscar for best original song for "Falling Slowly".
The controversial musical "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which features a shorter version of the legendary opera by George Gershwin, won the awards for best musical revival and best actress. The leading role of Bess in this production was played by Audra McDonald.