Druid Theatre Company's production of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' by Martin McDonagh wins four Tony awards.

Nominated for six Tony Awards, the cast and director of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ walk down the red carpet in New York with all the other stars of stage and screen, on Broadway’s most glamorous night.  
Druid director Garry Hynes is enjoying the atmosphere and the experience, 

The warmth of the audience, the welcome of everybody in the American theatre has been extraordinary, so we’ve had a great time, this is just the icing on the cake.

Anna Manahan, who plays Mag, is delighted with the play’s success, 

We never thought it would reach where it has gone, it’s gone to the very top now...very proud, you know...coming from such a small island as ours that we should have one of the most successful plays in the world today.

First performed in 1996 by the Druid company in Galway, Martin McDonagh’s play won awards for Best Leading Actress in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play.  Director Garry Hynes the first women to win a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play.  

‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in April of this year to critical acclaim, and has continued to play to packed theatres.  

Dublin actor Tom Murphy is still waiting for his feet to touch the ground,

I had a superb kind of out of body experience when they announced...and I’m kind of getting back down.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 June 1998.  The reporter is Mark Little.