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More Wins For Elton's Show While Another Musical Could Be In The Works

Wednesday 3 June 2009 @ 16:46 - GMT

Billy Elliot's trio of young stars and choreographer Peter Darling were among the winners of the 2009 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, which were presented in Manhattan June 1.

Tony winner Alan Cumming hosted the awards ceremony, which honoured Darling with the Best Broadway Choreographer Award and David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish with the Best Male Dancer Award for their work in the title role of the Elton/Lee Hall musical.

Meanwhile, the New York Post has written about Working Title, the prolific London-based movie company. It has ''caught the theater bug, and why not? 

''Its first foray through the pro scenium arch is Billy Elliot,'' which is expected to win a slew of Tony accolades on Sunday. 

Now comes word that Working Title's next stage production will be a musical based on Bridget Jones's Diary, the film version of which has grossed more than $250 million.

Helen Fielding, who wrote the popular book on which the movie is based, has written a draft of the show, including lyrics.

There's no composer yet, but Elton's name name has been bandied about. He is said to be a fan of both the book and the movie.

"It's very early days yet, and we're trying to decide which way to go musically," says Eric Fellner, the head of Working Title.

"If it's a direction Elton agrees with, we would of course be happy to work with him again."

Working Title presented a reading of Fielding's script last week in London. The invitation-only crowd included Stephen Daldry,  who directed Billy Elliot, and Peter Darling, who choreographed it.