June 11, 2006

“History Boys” takes early lead at NY’s Tony Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alan Bennett's "The History Boys"
emerged as an early frontrunner at the Tony Awards on Sunday,
collecting four awards including best director and best
supporting actress for Frances De La Tour.

It also won the Tony Awards for best lighting and best
scenic design in a play.

The play about an eccentric teacher, played by Richard
Griffiths, and a group of schoolboys preparing for university
entrance exams, has already picked up a string of awards in

The award for best supporting actor in a play went to Ian
McDiarmid for his role in "Faith Healer."

Running neck and neck for best musical are two very
different shows -- the sing-along hit "Jersey Boys," about
1960s pop music group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and
"The Drowsy Chaperone," a parody of 1920s musicals.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" picked up awards for scenery and
costumes, while "Jersey Boys" took the award for best lighting
design in a musical.