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War Horse pulls ahead at the Tonys

As the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book scooped five Tonys, a look at other big Broadway winners.

As the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse scooped five prizes, including best play, at the Tony Awards in New York, we take a look back at five other big Broadway winners.

Take five… Brooks

Mel Brooks' musical comedy The Producers receivedthe most Tony Awards ever awarded when it pulled in 12 gongs after it opened in 2001. The original production, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, ran for more than 2,500 performances and the film was successfully remade in 2005.

Take four… Stoppard

Britannia ruled in 2007 when Tom Stoppard's epic trilogy The Coast of Utopia won seven Tonys - a record for a non-musical - including best play and best director. The production holds joint first place with August Wilson's Fences (2010) for having received the most Tony play nominations in history.

Take three… La Cage

La Cage aux Folles made history as the first show to win the Tony three times for best production, for the original 1984 performance plus the 2005 and 2010 revivals.

Take two… South Pacific

In 2008, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific was the first musical revival to win all four design categories: costume, scenery, lighting and sound. Nominated for 11 Tonys, the production also picked up best revival, musical director and lead actor.

Take one… Julie Harris

Julie Harris is the most honoured actress in Tony Awards history, with a record 10 nominations. At five victories, she tied with Angela Lansbury, until in 2002 she received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.