AWARDS SEASON 2018: Drama Desk Award-Winners


We’re somehow almost through another awards season, and tonight’s Drama Desk Awards gave a whole lot of love to SpongeBob SquarePantsMy Fair Lady and Carousel

The Theatre World Awards ceremony will take place tomorrow night (view the full list of winners) and a week from today is the biggest night of the year (in our estimation, anyway) — the Tony Awards. We’ll be live updating all night long and would love to hear if you think they got it right, if so-and-so’s gown is everything, who brought the best performance to the Awards and who wins the funniest line of the night. Bookmark our awards page, subscribe to the blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we post the winners, updates, snark, love and share your own thoughts!!!

Congrats to all of this year’s winners, best of luck next week and we’ll see you then to wrap up this fabulous awards season!\

Here are this year’s Drama Desk Award Nominees. Winners appear first and are marked with a  :


Outstanding Musical
SpongeBob SquarePants
Desperate Measures
Mean Girls
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Outstanding Play
Mary Jane
Miles for Mary
People, Places & Things
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Amerike-The Golden Land
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Hindle Wakes
In the Blood
Three Tall Women

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Tom Hollander, Travesties
James McArdle, Angels in America
Paul Sparks, At Home at the Zoo

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Carrie Coon, Mary Jane
Denise Gough, People, Places & Things
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Billie Piper, Yerma

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants
Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Carousel
Gizel Jiménez, Miss You Like Hell
LaChanze, Summer
Ashley Park, KPOP
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss You Like Hell

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ben Edelman, Admissions
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans
Jocelyn Bioh, In the Blood
Barbara Marten, People, Places & Things
Deirdre O’Connell, Fulfillment Center
Constance Shulman, Bobbie Clearly

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Kenita R. Miller, Once on This Island
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Kate Rockwell, Mean Girls

Outstanding Director of a Play
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Jeremy Herrin, People, Places & Things
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Lila Neugebauer, Miles for Mary
Simon Stone, Yerma

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Teddy Bergman, KPOP
Jack O’Brien, Carousel
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography
Justin Peck, Carousel
Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air

Outstanding Music
David Friedman, Desperate Measures
The Bengsons, The Lucky Ones
Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP

Outstanding Lyrics
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes/Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePants
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin (John Bertles and Bash the Trash, found instrument design) Once on This Island
Charlie Rosen, Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Music in a Play
Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Hicks, Mlima’s Tale
Amatus Karim-Ali, The Homecoming Queen
Justin Levine, A MidSummer Night’s Dream
Adrian Sutton, Angels in America

The Hudson Scenic Studio Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Bunny Christie, People, Places & Things
Lizzie Clachan, Yerma
Maruti Evans, Kill Move Paradise
Louisa Thompson, In the Blood

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Beowulf Boritt, Prince of Broadway
Dane Laffrey, Once on This Island
Santo Loquasto, Carousel

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King
Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ann Roth, Three Tall Women
Emilio Sosa, Venus

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Natasha Chivers, 1984
Alan C. Edwards, Kill Move Paradise
Paul Gallo, Three Tall Women
Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhauer, Once on This Island
Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Amith Chandrashaker, The Lucky Ones
Brian MacDevitt, Carousel
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, KPOP

Outstanding Projection Design
Finn Ross and Ash J. Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
David Bengali, Van Gogh’s Ear
Andrezj Goulding, People, Places & Things
Peter Nigrini, SpongeBob SquarePants
Finn Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Brendan Aanes, Balls
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Tom Gibbons, People, Places & Things
Stefan Gregory, Yerma
Palmer Hefferan, Today is My Birthday

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Scott Lehrer, Carousel
Will Pickens, KPOP
Dan Moses Schreier, Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Wig and Hair
Charles G. LaPointe, SpongeBob SquarePants
Carole Hancock, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Campbell Young Associates, Farinelli and the King
Cookie Jordan, School Girls, or The African Play
Josh Marquette, Mean Girls

Outstanding Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke
David Greenspan, Strange Interlude
Jon Levin, A Hunger Artist
Lesli Margherita, Who’s Holiday!
Sophie Melville, Iphigenia in Splott

The Chase Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
Derren Brown: Secret
Master, Foundry Theatre
Say Something Bunny!

Outstanding Fight Choreography
Steve Rankin, Carousel
J. David Brimmer, Is God Is
Unkle Dave’s Fight House, Oedipus El Rey

Outstanding Puppet Design
Michael Curry, Frozen
Finn Caldwell, Nick Barnes, Angels in America
Charlie Kanev, Sarah Nolan, and Jonathan Levin, A Hunger Artist
Vandy Wood, The Artificial Jungle


To Sean Carvajal and Edi Gathegi of Jesus Hopped the A Train ­­ whose last-minute entrances into the Signature production of this powerful play ensured it had a happy real-life ending

Ensemble Award: To Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Zainab Jah, Nike Kadri, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Myra Lucretia Taylor of School Girls; Or, The African Play, whose characters learn the facts of life but whose portrayers taught us all a thing or two about the way things are.

Sam Norkin Award: To Juan Castano, whose varied performances this season in Oedipus El Rey, A Parallelogram, and Transfers not only make a complex statement about American life but also indicate great things to come for this talented performer.

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