Spider-Man will open say Bono and The Edge as they send themselves up at awards ceremony
POKING FUN: U2 stars reveal how they missed ANOTHER deadline
VETERAN actresses were the stars of the show at theatre's equivalent of the Oscars.
Frances McDormand won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a play.
The Academy Award-winner took home her prize for playing a South Boston blue-collar woman who reconnects with a high school boyfriend in David Lindsay-Abaire play "Good People."
And Ellen Barkin won the award for best performance by an actress in a featured role.
Barkin, former wife of Dublin actor Gabriel Byrne, won for her searing performance as a frustrated doctor trying to combat AIDS in the revival of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." The play marks the Broadway debut of "The Big Easy" actress.
Bono and The Edge spoke up on stage after fun was poked at their own show.
The pair, who wrote the songs for the long-delayed and accident-prone "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," acknowledged the many delays for the show, set to finally open tomorrow.
"We used to be famous for being in U2," Bono joked. He added: "When I saw the Tony Awards on our schedule, I just kind of assumed that we'd been nominated."
Explained The Edge: "It appears that we missed the deadline."
"A few of them," said Bono.
"In rock and roll," The Edge explained, "deadlines are just the lie your manager tells you to get you back on the bus."
Later Bono praised Broadway's creators for how hard they work, saying he was humbled by their efforts and the pair thanked the audience for its patience.
Catherine Zeta Jones also took to the stage to present an award following her recent bipolar health revelations.
Broadway show The Book of Mormon took home nine Tony Awards including the prize for best musical.
The gently satirical show, which netted honours for best musical, best book, best direction of a musical, best score, best featured actress and four technical awards, came in with a leading 14 nominations and was the heavy favourite for the top musical prize.
It was written by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, together with "Avenue Q" co-writer Robert Lopez.
"War Horse" -- a World War I tale about horses told with puppets and actors -- won five Tonys, including the best play award. The revival of "The Normal Heart" and "Anything Goes" both won three apiece.
The ceremony was rolling along fine until Brooke Shields had to be bleeped after forgetting the lyrics in the opening song with presenter Neil Patrick Harris. "I can do eight performances a week but I can't read a TelePrompTer," she joked.