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Tony Awards 2012: 'Once' wins for Enda Walsh's book, orchestration

Tony Awards 2012: 'Once' wins for Enda Walsh's book, orchestration
Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in a scene from "Once." (Joan Marcus / Associated Press)

"Once," the romantic new musical based on the 2006 indie movie of the same name, took the early lead at the

Tony Awards

on Sunday in New York, winning awards for book and orchestration.

A handful of technical, creative and honorary awards were handed out in the half-hour before the CBS telecast began.

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"Once" received awards for playwright Enda Walsh's book and orchestration by Martin Lowe.

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," the energetic Disney musical based on the movie of the same name, received an award for choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

The remainder of the technical, creative and special awards will be handed out during commercial breaks in the telecast.

Among the special

Tony Award

recipients this year are producer Emanuel Azenberg, actors

Hugh Jackman

and

Bernadette Peters

and the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington.

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