Monday, June 6, 2016
And the Drama Desk Award goes to Shuffle Along and She Loves Me
The 61st 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 Michael Urie 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: The Humans
Outstanding Musical: Shuffle Along
Outstanding Revival of a Play: A View from the Bridge
Outstanding Revival of a Musical: She Loves Me
Outstanding Actor in a Play: Frank Langella, The Father
Outstanding Actress in a Play: Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Outstanding Director of a Play: Ivo van Hove, A View from the Bridge
Outstanding Director of a Musical: A tie - John Doyle, The Color Purple, and Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof
Outstanding Choreography: Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Outstanding Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Outstanding Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Outstanding Book of a Musical: John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
Outstanding Orchestrations: Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Outstanding Music in a Play: Philip Glass, The Crucible
Outstanding Set Design for a Play: Christopher Oram, Hughie
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical: David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play: Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical: Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play: Justin Townsend, The Humans
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical: Justin Townsend, American Psycho
Outstanding Projection Design: Finn Ross, American Psycho
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Fitz Patton, The Humans
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Dan Moses Schreier, American Psycho
Outstanding Wig and Hair: Mia M. Neal, Shuffle Along
Outstanding Solo Performance: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Unique Theatrical Experience: That Physics Show
Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theater.
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.