AWARDS SEASON 2016: Drama Desk Award Winners

Adrienne Warren and the company of Shuffle Along. Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Adrienne Warren and the company of Shuffle Along. Photo by Julieta Cervantes

We’re nearing the closing curtain of Awards Season 2016!

Last night the Drama Desk Awards were handed out. This year’s big winners were Shuffle Along and She Loves Me, while the other prizes were distributed fairly evenly among this year’s nominees (with the exception of School of Rock and Spring Awakening, neither of which took home any awards).

Sunday is the Tony Awards and we hope you’ll join us on FacebookTwitter, here on the blog or the website as we live update pre-show and during the Awards.

It’s been such a fantastic Broadway season and we can’t wait to wrap it up with you!

Here is the full list of the Drama Desk nominees and winners:

Outstanding Musical
Shuffle Along
First Daughter Suite
Daddy Long Legs
School of Rock
Waitress

Outstanding Play
The Humans
The Christians
John, Signature Theatre
King Charles III
The Royale

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
She Loves Me
The Color Purple
The Golden Bride
Fiddler on the Roof
Spring Awakening

Outstanding Revival of a Play
A View From the Bridge
Cloud Nine
Death of a Salesman
Henry IV
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Women Without Men

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Robert Creighton, Cagney
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Frank Langella, The Father
Andrew Garman, The Christians
Avi Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Georgia Engel, John
Mamie Gummer, Ugly Lies the Bone
Marin Ireland, Ironbound
Nicola Walker, A View From the Bridge

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Nicholas Barasch, She Loves Me
Baylee Littrell, Disaster!
Paul Alexander Nolan, Bright Star
A.J. Shively, Bright Star

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Bill Camp, The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Richard Thomas, Incident at Vichy

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed
Brooke Bloom, Cloud Nine
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Kellie Overbey, Women Without Men
Jeanine Serralles, Gloria

Outstanding Director of a Musical
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
Rupert Goold, American Psycho
Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner, The Golden Bride

Outstanding Director of a Play
Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge
Rachel Chavkin, The Royale
Sam Gold, John
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Jenn Thompson, Women Without Men

Outstanding Choreography
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Joshua Bergasse and Cagney Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Lynne Page, American Psycho
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Outstanding Book of a Musical
John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite
Jessie Nelson, Waitress

Outstanding Music
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite
Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock
The Lobbyists, SeaWife, Naked Angels

Outstanding Lyrics
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Glenn Slater, School of Rock
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Orchestrations
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Joseph Joubert/Catherine Jayes, The Color Purple
Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock
Michael Starobin/Bruce Coughlin, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Music in a Play
Philip Glass, The Crucible
Billie Joe Armstrong, These Paper Bullets!
Estelle Bajou, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Shaun Davey, Pericles
Tom Kitt, Cymbeline

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Christopher Oram, Hughie
Riccardo Hernandez, Red Speedo
Mimi Lien, John
G.W. Mercier, Head of Passes
Derek McLane, Fully Committed

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Es Devlin, American Psycho
Emily Orling, Matt Saunders and Eric Farber, Futurity

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Jessica Ford, These Paper Bullets!
Martha Hally, Women Without Men
Constance Hoffman, Pericles
William Ivey Long, Shows for Days

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Jane Greenwood, Bright Star
Katrina Lindsay, American Psycho
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Alejo Vietti, Allegiance

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Justin Townsend, The Humans
Neil Austin, Hughie Mark Barton and John Bradley King, Empanada Loca
Tyler Micoleau, Antlia Pneumatica

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Justin Townsend, American Psycho
Jane Cox, The Color Purple
Jake DeGroot, SeaWife
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Jules Fisher/Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Projection Design
Finn Ross, American Psycho
Nicholas Hussong, These Paper Bullets!
Darrel Maloney, Tappin’ Thru Life
Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
Tal Yarden, Lazarus

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Fitz Patton, The Humans
Fitz Patton, An Act of God
Miles Polaski, Fulfillment
Bray Poor, John
Ryan Rumery, Empanada Loca

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Dan Moses Schreier, American Psycho
Mick Potter, School of Rock
Brian Ronan, Lazarus
Nevin Steinberg, Bright Star
Scott Lehrer, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Wig and Hair
Mia M. Neal, Shuffle Along
David Brian Brown, She Loves Me
Jason Hayes, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Robert-Charles Vallance, Women Without Men
Charles G. LaPointe, The School for Scandal

Outstanding Solo Performance
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Simon Callow, Tuesdays at Tesco’s
Kathleen Chalfant, Rose
James Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Empanada Loca

Unique Theatrical Experience
That Physics Show
ADA/AVA
Antigona
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
YOUARENOWHERE

Special Awards

The Humans – Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, and Sarah Steele spend a very special Thanksgiving Day together in Stephen Karam’s play, reminding us that home is indeed where The Humans are.

The Royale – Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
The heavyweight cast of McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, Montego Glover, John Lavelle, and Clarke Peters gels as a unit in bringing Marco Ramirez’s story, inspired by Jack Johnson, to unforgettable life, offering a trenchant statement on racism in America.

Sheldon Harnick – Special Drama Desk Award
New productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Rothschild and Sons, and She Loves Me this season remind us that this veteran lyricist’s takes on faith, family and community are as resonant as ever.

Camp Broadway – Special Drama Desk Award
For more than 20 years, this indispensable organization has introduced young people to the magic of theater. Camp Broadway plays a crucial role in creating tomorrow’s audiences.

Danai Gurira – Sam Norkin Award
Whether writing about women in wartime Liberia in Eclipsed or about an affluent immigrant family from Zimbabwe struggling with assimilation in Familiar, Danai Gurira demonstrates great insight, range, and depth, bringing a fresh new voice to American theater.

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