Tony Awards open with The Book of Mormon skit

Jones opened his door with a photo of Darth Vader in his hand, pretending he had expected the visitor to be a Star Wars fan hoping for his autograph.

The skit led to the theme song from Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s smash-hit comedy, which opened the 66th annual awards show, hosted for a third time by Neil Patrick Harris.

Harris then broke into a song and dance number, which featured appearances by Amanda Seyfried, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Broadway icon Patti LuPone.

The Tonys recognise excellence on the New York stage.