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Monday, June 1, 2015

And the Drama Desk Award goes to . . . Kristin Chenoweth!



The 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards - which honor outstanding achievements on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway - were presented last night at NYC's Town Hall with Laura Benanti as the host. Below is a complete list of the winners (with my winning predictions in pink) as well as TheaterMania.com's webcast of the ceremony.



Outstanding Play: Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Musical: Hamilton

Outstanding Revival of a Play: The Elephant Man

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: The King and I

Outstanding Actor in a Play: Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren, The Audience

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Outstanding Director of a Play: Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Director of a Musical: Thomas Kail, Hamilton

Outstanding Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Outstanding Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Outstanding Book of a Musical: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Outstanding Orchestrations: Christopher Austin, An American in Paris

Outstanding Music in a Play: Arthur Solari & Jane Shaw, Tamburlaine the Great

Outstanding Revue: Just Jim Dale

Outstanding Set Design: Bob Crowley, An American in Paris

Outstanding Costume Design: Catherine Zuber, Gigi

Outstanding Lighting Design: Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Projection Design: Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Ian Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Solo Performance: Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Unique Theatrical Experience: Queen of the Night

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.

To 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.

To 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.

To 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.

To 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.

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