NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hit musicals "The Book of Mormon" and revival of "Anything Goes" each won five Drama Desk awards on Monday, bolstering their front-runner status going into next month's Tony awards, Broadway's top honors.
"Mormon," a religious satire from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, won best musical, as well as honors for best music, lyrics, orchestration and director.
"Anything Goes," a fizzy Cole Porter confection, won awards for best revival of a musical, choreography, sound design and set design, while Sutton Foster was named best actress.
On the drama side, Nick Stafford's "War Horse" won best play. Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" was named best revival of a play, which also won the best director award for Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe.
Best actor in a musical went to Norbert Leo Butz for "Catch Me If You Can," while Bobby Cannavale was named best actor in a play for "The M----------- With the Hat."
Frances McDormand took the actress in a play prize for her turn as a tough south Boston single mother in "Good People."
Special awards at the ceremony hosted by Harvey Fierstein went to playwright A.R. Gurney, actor Reed Birney, the New Group and director Scott Elliott, the Pearl Theater Company and to the creative team of "War Horse."
The 56th annual awards are chosen by theater critics and writers to honor Broadway, off off-Broadway and off Broadway productions.
Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Jill Serjeant