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‘Chicago’ tops Drama Desks

NEW YORK — “Chicago,” the hit Broadway revival musical, ran away with six Drama Desk Awards Sunday night, including best revival of a musical and best actress in a musical for its star, Bebe Neuwirth.

“The Life,” a musical celebrating the sleaze and sex of the old Times Square, won three awards, including new musical, music for Cy Coleman, and featured actress in a musical for showstopper Lillias White.

“How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel was tapped outstanding new play. Mark Brokaw won for best director, and David Morse shared best actor honors with Christopher Plummer, who is starring in “Barrymore.”

Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” won the nod for revival of a play and Janet McTeer, who plays Nora, got the actress nod. Robert Cuccioli was picked best actor in a musical for the title roles in “Jekyll & Hyde.”

“Chicago’s” other awards included featured actor in a musical for Joel Grey, direction in a musical for Walter Bobbie, choreography for Ann Reinking and lighting design.

Other awards included:

Featured actor: Brian Murray, “The Little Foxes.”

Featured actress: Dana Ivey, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo/Sex and Longing.”

Solo/One-Woman Show: Fiona Shaw, “The Waste Land.”

Lyrics: Gerard Alessandrini, “Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back.”

Musical Revue: “Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly.”

Unique Theatrical Experience: “The Waste Land.”

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