AWARDS SEASON 2015: Drama Desk Award Winners

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Wowee. It’s been a number of years since an Off-Broadway production took home so many Drama Desk Awards – meaning good things are headed to Broadway next season in the form of Hamilton. The production took home an impressive 7 Drama Desk Awards! The King and I took home the award for Outstanding Revival, with a 1-2 wins apiece for An American in Paris, Something Rotten!On The Twentieth Century and Gigi

Oftentimes the Drama Desk Awards offer a lot of Tony clues, but with Hamilton out of the picture for the Tonys, it’s anyone’s guess as to which of the Broadway shows will get the Tony love…

Be sure to join us as we live blogtweetfacebook and update Broadway Musical Home during Tony Awards on June 7.  The show begins at 8/7 c, but our coverage starts much earlier – join us as we cover the red carpet and awards as we celebrate, enjoy a little snark and geek out over all things Broadway. It’s the most exciting time of year and we hope you’ll join us!

Here is the full list of Drama Desk Award winners:

Outstanding Musical
WINNER Hamilton
An American in Paris
Fly by Night
Pretty Filthy
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Outstanding Play
WINNER The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
You Got Older
Airline Highway
The City of Conversation
Between Riverside and Crazy
My Manãna Comes
Let the Right One In

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
WINNER
The King and I
Into the Woods
On the Town
On The Twentieth Century
Pageant
Side Show

Outstanding Revival of a Play
WINNER
The Elephant Man
Fashions for Men
Ghosts
The Iceman Cometh
Tamburlaine the Great
The Wayside Motor Inn

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
WINNER
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Jeremy Kushnier, Atomic
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Matthew Morrison, Finding Neverland
Ryan Silverman, Side Show

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
WINNER
Kristin Chenoweth, On The Twentieth Century
Kate Baldwin, John & Jen
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Erin Davie, Side Show
Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Outstanding Actor in a Play
WINNER
Alexander Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Reed Birney, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Bill Pullman, Sticks and Bones

Outstanding Actress in a Play
WINNER
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Brooke Bloom, You Got Older
Kathleen Chalfant, A Walk in the Woods
Kristin Griffith, The Fatal Weakness
Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
WINNER
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Peter Friedman, Fly by Night
Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You
Andy Karl, On The Twentieth Century
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
WINNER
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Carolee Carmello, Finding Neverland
Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
Elizabeth A. Davis, Allegro
Luba Mason, Pretty Filthy
Nancy Opel, Honeymoon in Vegas
Elizabeth Stanley, On the Town

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
WINNER
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
F. Murray Abraham, It’s Only a Play
Reed Birney, You Got Older
Jonathan Hadary, Rocket to the Moon
Jason Butler Harner, The Village Bike
Jonathan Hogan, Pocatello
José Joaquin Perez, My Mañana Comes

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
WINNER
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You
Beth Dixon, The City of Conversation
Julie Halston, You Can’t Take It with You
Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, To the Bone
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Julie White, Airline Highway

Outstanding Director of a Musical
WINNER
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
Carolyn Cantor, Fly by Night
Bill Condon, Side Show
John Doyle, The Visit
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Director of a Play
WINNER
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Anne Kauffman, You Got Older
Lila Neugebauer, The Wayside Motor Inn
Austin Pendleton, Between Riverside and Crazy
Joe Tantalo, Deliverance
John Tiffany, Let the Right One In

Outstanding Choreography
WINNER
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Warren Carlyle, On The Twentieth Century
Steven Hoggett, The Last Ship
Austin McCormick, Rococo Rouge
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

Outstanding Music
WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
Michael Friedman, The Fortress of Solitude
John Kander, The Visit
Dave Malloy, Ghost Quartet
Sting, The Last Ship

Outstanding Lyrics
WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
Fred Ebb, The Visit
Michael Friedman, The Fortress of Solitude
Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Outstanding Book of a Musical
WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree, Found
Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten!
Craig Lucas, An American in Paris
Terrence McNally, The Visit
Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, & Michael Mitnick, Fly by Night

Outstanding Orchestrations
WINNER
Christopher Austin, An American in Paris
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Allegro
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship
Don Sebesky, Larry Blank, Jason Robert Brown, & Charlie Rosen, Honeymoon in Vegas

Outstanding Music in a Play
WINNER
Arthur Solari & Jane Shaw, Tamburlaine the Great
Cesar Alvarez, An Octoroon
Danny Blackburn & Bryce Hodgson, Deliverance
Sean Cronin, Kill Me Like You Mean It
Bongi Duma, Generations
Freddi Price, The Pigeoning

Outstanding Revue
WINNER
Just Jim Dale
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Lonesome Traveler

Outstanding Set Design
WINNER
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
Christine Jones, Let the Right One In
David Korins, Hamilton
Mimi Lien, An Octoroon
Scott Pask, The Visit
Daniel Zimmerman, Fashions for Men

Outstanding Costume Design
WINNER
Catherine Zuber, Gigi
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
Andrea Varga, The Fatal Weakness

Outstanding Lighting Design
WINNER
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Paule Constable & David Plater, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Maruti Evans, Deliverance
Natasha Katz, The Iceman Cometh
Ben Stanton, Our Lady of Kibeho

Outstanding Projection Design
WINNER
Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
59 Productions, An American in Paris
Roger Hanna & Price Johnston, Donogoo
Darrel Maloney, Found
Peter Nigrini, Our Lady of Kibeho
Austin Switser, Big Love

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
WINNER
Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton
Peter Hylenski, Side Show
Scott Lehrer, The King and I
Scott Lehrer & Drew Levy, Honeymoon in Vegas
Brian Ronan, The Last Ship
Jon Weston, An American in Paris

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
WINNER
Ian Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Nathan Davis, The Other Mozart
Ien Denio, Deliverance
Gareth Fry, Let the Right One In
John Gromada, Lives of the Saints
Matt Tierney, Our Lady of Kibeho

Outstanding Solo Performance
WINNER
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion
Christina Bianco, Application Pending
Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing
Tom Dugan, Wiesenthal
Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Joely Richardson, The Belle of Amherst

Unique Theatrical Experience
Queen of the Night
Catch Me!
Everybody Gets Cake
The Human Symphony
A Rap Guide to Religion

Special Awards:

Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theater.

This year the nominators chose to bestow a special award for outstanding ensemble to the actors who so brilliantly shared a room in the world of A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn: Kelly AuCoin, Jon DeVries, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Rebecca Henderson, Marc Kudisch, Jenn Lyon, Lizbeth Mackay, David McElwee, Ismenia Mendes, and Will Pullen.

Bess Wohl, the Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award: For establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater, and having a breakthrough year with the eclectic American Hero, Pretty Filthy, and Small Mouth Sounds. Her writing expresses sensitivity, compassion, and humor with a sure hand.

John Douglas Thompson: For invigorating theater in New York through his commanding presence, classical expertise, and vocal prowess. This season he demonstrated exceptional versatility in Tamburlaine the Great and The Iceman Cometh.

Ensemble Studio Theatre: For its unwavering commitment to producing new works by American playwrights since 1968, and enriching this season with productions of When January Feels Like Summer, Winners, and Five Times in One Night. EST’s Youngblood program fostered and nurtured Hand to God, setting Tyrone off on his devilish path to Broadway.

Andy Blankenbuehler: For his inspired and heart-stopping choreography in Hamilton, which is indispensible to the musical’s storytelling. His body of work is versatile, yet a dynamic and fluid style is consistently evident. When it’s time to “take his shot,” Blankenbuehler hits the bull’s-eye.

Hand to God was considered in the 2011/2012 season in its first production at Ensemble Studio Theatre. New elements were considered in the MCC production in the 2013/2014 season. There were no new elements in the Broadway transfer.

Fun Home was considered in its run at the Public Theatre in the 2013/2014 season. It received nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Disgraced was considered in its off-Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center in the 2012/2013 season, and only new actors and technical staff were eligible in the Broadway transfer.

The 39 Steps was considered in its initial Broadway production in the 2007/2008 season and won for Unique Theatrical Experience.

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