"Memphis," an interracial romance set against the backdrop of the 1950s rhythm 'n' blues explosion, has won the 2010 Tony Award for best musical.
The show of soulful sounds and a parade of engaging characters beat out "Fela!" - the innovative Afro-beat biography of Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Green Day's rock musical "American Idiot"; and "Million Dollar Quartet," a fictional re-creation of a jam session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in a Memphis recording studio.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt performed with the cast of "American Idiot," which did win Tonys for best scenic design of a musical and best lighting design of a musical.
The Tonys were telecast Sunday by CBS, live from Radio City Music Hall.