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Elton John World News: ''Billy'' Billed as Best Musical

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Monday 28 November 2005 @ 17:35 - GMT

 Billy Elliot The Musical has won top drama prize at this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the BBC has announced.

Elton and director Stephen Daldry were at the Savoy Hotel in London for the honours. Others included Harriet Walter who was recognised as Best Actress for Mary Stuart, and Bob Crowley, formerly with Aida, who was voted Best Designer for his work on Mary Poppins.

Evening Standard theatre critic Nicholas de Jongh called the success of commercial shows ''a sign of the West End's remarkable resurgence,'' adding  that ''the diversity of productions, from Death of a Salesman to Billy Elliot, shows further evidence of its vitality."