Theater journalists reward 'Utopia'

Published May 22, 2007

The Coast of Utopia was chosen best play of the New York theater season and Spring Awakening best musical by the Drama Desk, an organization of theater journalists.

Utopia, Tom Stoppard's epic look at 19th century Russian intellectuals, was the biggest winner at Sunday's ceremony, collecting seven awards, also including best director for Jack O'Brien and featured actress for Martha Plimpton.

Spring Awakening, a rock musical about the sexual anxiety of 19th century German teens, followed with four, including best director, Michael Mayer; music, Duncan Sheik; and lyrics, Steven Sater.

The top drama acting prizes went to Frank Langella for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the docudrama Frost/Nixon and Eve Best for her portrait of gawky Josie Hogan in the revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Lead musical acting prizes went to Raul Esparza as an indecisive bachelor in the revival of Company and Donna Murphy of LoveMusik and Audra McDonald of 110 in the Shade, who tied in the actress category. For the complete list of winners, go to www.dramadesk.com.

Australia fines Stallone in HGH case

Sylvester Stallone was formally convicted Monday of importing restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and ordered to pay $10, 651 in fines and court costs. New South Wales state Deputy Chief Magistrate Paul Cloran said the Rocky and Rambo star failed to show he had a valid prescription for dozens of vials of human growth hormone found in his luggage when he arrived in Sydney for a promotional tour in February. Stallone had also failed to declare the male hormone testosterone on a customs entry form, although prosecutors said he had legitimate medical reasons for carrying the drug. In an interview with customs officials after the growth hormone was discovered in his bags, Stallone said he was carrying such a large amount because he was about to go on location in Thailand and Myanmar for three months to shoot the latest Rambo movie and at 60, he needed it to give his body a boost.

Garrison pleads guilty

Actor Lane Garrison of Prison Break pleaded guilty Monday to several alcohol-related driving charges, including vehicular manslaughter, in connection with the death in December of a Beverly Hills High School student, the Los Angeles Times reported. He faces as much as six years and eight months behind bars in the case.