OSLO, JITNEY, COME FROM AWAY, HELLO DOLLY! Among 2017 Drama Desk Award Winners

Michael Urie hosted the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall in Manhattan tonight. The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway.

The ceremony featured musical performances from four shows produced during the 2016-2017 New York theatre season including Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Jenn Colella (Come from Away), Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit), and the cast of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.

The cast of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
The cast of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL

Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton) performed “For All We Know” during the In Memoriam tribute.

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Congrats to all the winners.

Outstanding Play
Oslo, by J. T. Rogers, Lincoln Center Theatre

Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson
Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson

Outstanding Musical
Come From Away

The cast of Come from Away Photo by: Matthew Murphy
The cast of Come from Away Photo by: Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club

Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes
Hello, Dolly!
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Laura Linney
Laura Linney

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day

Andy Karl
Andy Karl

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Danny DeVito, The Price, Roundabout Theatre Company

Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Gavin Kreel
Gavin Kreel

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Jenn Colella, Come From Away

Jenn Colella
Jenn Colella

Outstanding Director of a Play
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club

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Outstanding Director of a Musical
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Andy Blankenbuehler
Andy Blankenbuehler

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away

Outstanding Music
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Lyrics
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Orchestrations
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand

Outstanding Music in a Play
Bill Sims Jr., Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club

Bill Sims Jr.
Bill Sims Jr.

Outstanding Revue
Life Is for Living: Conversations With Coward, 59E59

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Mimi Lien
Mimi Lien

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club

Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens, and Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens in “The Little Foxes”. Photo by Jason Bell
Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens, and Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens in “The Little Foxes”. Photo by Jason Bell

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

The cast of WAR PAINT. Photo by Joan Marcus
The cast of WAR PAINT. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent, Vineyard Theatre

(l-r): Matt Darriau, Aaron Halva, Lisa Gutkin, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Mimi Lieber and Max Gordon Moore, the company of INDECENT, a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street. © Carol Rosegg
(l-r): Matt Darriau, Aaron Halva, Lisa Gutkin, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Mimi Lieber and Max Gordon Moore, the company of INDECENT, a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street. © Carol Rosegg

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Josh Groban and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Photo by: Chad Botka
Josh Groban and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Photo by: Chad Botka

Outstanding Projection Design
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Wig and Hair
David Brian Brown, War Paint

Outstanding Solo Performance
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose

Unique Theatrical Experience
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland

Outstanding Fight Choreography
U. Jonathan Toppo, Sweat, The Public Theatre

Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Adaptation
David Ives, The Liar, Classic Stage Company

Outstanding Puppet Design
Basil Twist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Ensemble
The Wolves, The Playwrights Realm: The superbly talented cast of Sarah DeLappe’s debut play -Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Lauren Patten, and Susannah Perkins-jelled as one, proving that team spirit is just a alive on the stage as it is on the soccer field.

THE WOLVES playwright Sarah DeLappe (left) and her cast.
THE WOLVES playwright Sarah DeLappe (left) and her cast.

Special Award to Phil LaDuca: Proving that character comes from the ground up, the designer’s innovative flexible dance shoe ensures that hoofers on any stage remain on point.

Phil LaDuca
Phil LaDuca

Sam Norkin Award: Lila Neugebauer: During a season that saw her helm the original works The Antipodes, Everybody, Miles for Mary, and The Wolves, and resurrect the works of esteemed playwrights Edward Albee, Maria Irene Fornes, and Adrienne Kennedy in Signature Plays, director Lila Neugebauer has shown that her dauntless insight into the human condition knows no bounds.

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The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. What sets the Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theater.

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics’ organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.

Livestream the 2017 Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall Tonight 

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
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Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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