Adaptation of ‘Shop’ is tops at Molieres

Legiter takes nods for play, director, adaptation, sets, lights

See winnersPARIS — An adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch’s film classic, “La boutique au coin de la rue” (The Shop Around the Corner) was the big winner at Monday night’s Moliere Awards, the French equivalent of the Tonys.

It copped France’s highest theatrical honors for play, director (Jean-Jacques Zilbermann) adaptation, sets and lights.

The long-running “Theatre sans animaux,” (Theater Without Animals) a satire set in a zoo inhabited by humans, was the runner-up with three awards for comedy, supporting actress (Annie Gregorio) and playwright (Jean-Michel Ribes).

Girardot, Rousillon honored

Annie Girardot won actress honors for the title role in “Madame Marguerite,” and Jean-Pierre Rousillon grabbed actor kudos for “Le jardin des apparences” (The Garden of Appearances).

The ceremony at the Theatre de la Mogador moved along at a brisk place, with presenters and winners keeping their speeches short and sweet. Standing ovations were de rigueur for recipients in most of the major categories.

Rachida Brakni, who recently won the most promising young actress Cesar for the film “Chaos,” took the Moliere equivalent for “Ruy Blas.” Eric Elmosnino took the young actor Moliere for “Leonce et Lena.”

Actresses Simone Valere and Annie Girardot and helmer/thesp Jean Desailly were honored with special career Molieres for their bodies of work.

And the winners are …

Play: “La boutique au coin de la rue”

Director : Jean-Jacques Zilbermann, “La boutique au coin de la rue”

Comedy: “Theatre sans animaux”

Musical: “Frou-Frou les bains”

Repertory production: “Bent”

Actress: Annie Girardot, “Madame Marguerite”

Actor: Jean-Pierre Rousillon, “Le jardin des apparences”

Supporting actress: Annie Gregorio, “Theatre sans animaux”

Supporting actor: Maurice Chevit, “Conversations avec mon pere”

New actress (Theatrical revelation): Rachida Brakni, “Ruy Blas”

New actor (Theatrical revelation): Eric Elmosnino, “Leonce et Lena”

Adaptation: Evelyne Fallot/Jean-Jacques Zilbermann, “La boutique au coin de la rue”

French playwright: Jean-Michel Ribes, “Theatre sans animaux”

One-man show: Philippe Avron, “Le fantome de Shakespeare”

Sets: Stefanie Jarre , “La Boutique au coin de la rue”

Costumes: Pascale Bordet, “Le Dindon”

Lighting: Jacques Rouveyrollis, “La boutique au coin de la rue”

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