Memphis musical shines at awards

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Catherine Zeta Jones
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Zeta Jones won rave reviews for her role in A Little Night Music

Broadway musical Memphis has picked up four honours at the Drama Desk Awards in New York, voted for by journalists and theatre critics.

The new musical, set in dance clubs in 1950s Memphis, won best musical, orchestration and music.

Its leading lady Montego Glover tied with Catherine Zeta Jones for the outstanding actress in a musical prize.

Zeta Jones made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's in A Little Night Music last year.

Cages aux Folles won three prizes - best revival for a musical, best costume design and best actor in a musical for Douglas Hodge.

Red, a drama about Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko, was named best play. It also won top honours for director Michael Grandage and lighting design.

Liev Schreiber, who starred in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, was named best actor in a play, while Jan Maxwell, in the comedy The Royal Family, won best actress.

Miller's play and August Wilson's Fences tied for best play revival.

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 and honours both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

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