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Drama Desk Critics Pick 'History' & 'Chaperone'

Alan Bennett's The History Boys and the musical The Drowsy Chaperone were named best of the 2005-06 season by the New York Drama Critics Circle on May 11 at the offices of Time Out New York. Adam Feldman of that publication serves as president of the group, which was founded in 1935.

The 19-member organization of Gotham-based reviewers chose the British History Boys as the best play, foreign or American, after two rounds of voting. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Shining City, and In the Continuum also figured in the voting. A check for $2,500 from the estate of the late producer Lucille Lortel will accompany the award.

Having picked a foreign work as the best of the season, the members then engaged in two rounds of voting for a best American work. No one play received a clear majority, so it was decided not to present an award in this category.

The scribblers only took one round of voting to choose The Drowsy Chaperone as the best musical with a clear majority. Grey Gardens, Jersey Boys, and See What I Wanna See trailed far behind.

Fifteen members were present for the tallying, three voted by proxy and one was absent. Special citations were awarded to the revival of Sweeney Todd and to Christine Ebersole for her performance in Grey Gardens. The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception at the Alonquin Hotel on May 23.

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