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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'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

Special Awards:
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.

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