The Info List - Drama Desk Award

The Drama Desk Awards are presented annually and were first awarded in 1955 to recognize excellence in New York theatre productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Broadway productions were excluded until the 1968–69 award season.[1][2] The awards are considered a significant American theatre
American theatre


1 History 2 Ceremony 3 Award categories 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The Drama Desk organization was formed in 1949 by a group of New York theater critics, editors, reporters and publishers, in order to make the public aware of the vital issues concerning the theatrical industry. They debuted the presentations of the Vernon Rice Awards. The name honors the New York Post
New York Post
critic Vernon Rice, who had pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press. The name was changed for the 1963–1964 awards season to the Drama Desk Awards.[1][4][5] In 1974, the Drama Desk became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. In 1975, the Drama Desk announcement of winners included the nominees as well.[4][6] The Drama Desk has more than 100 members, including theatre critics, reporters and editors who cover New York theater and vote on the awards. Membership consists of two categories: active (voting) membership and participating membership.[7] All of the Drama Desk officers and nominating committee members perform their various services for the organization on a voluntary basis. The nominating committee generally meets twice a month to discuss the many eligible shows members are responsible for seeing. They then nominate the productions on which the entire membership will vote. What sets the organization apart is that the awards are voted on "by media people only without any vested interests in the results", according to the organization. Previous winners include Bernadette Peters,[8] Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among many others. The Drama Desk Awards have contributed to the ongoing success of major stars, playwrights and designers, while also identifying newcomers. The Drama Desk was the first New York theater organization to give awards to talents such as Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, and George C. Scott. Plays like Driving Miss Daisy, Other People's Money, Steel Magnolias, and The Boys in the Band
The Boys in the Band
built momentum with the help of Drama Desk wins. In keeping with its original mission, the organization sponsors guest panel luncheons with theater professionals. Panels address topics of current interest: covering the season on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, with the aim of prompting informative and stimulating discussion.[4] Ceremony[edit]

Season Nominations announced date Nomination announcement host(s) Awards ceremony Location Awards ceremony host(s) Ref

2007–08 April 28, 2008 Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
& Len Cariou May 18, 2008 LaGuardia Concert Hall Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff
Heidi Blickenstaff
& Larry Pressgrove [9]

2008–09 April 27, 2009 Jim Dale & Faith Prince May 17, 2009 Harvey Fierstein [10]

2009–10 May 3, 2010 N/A May 23, 2010 Patti LuPone [11]

2010–11 April 29, 2011 Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
& Liev Schreiber May 23, 2011 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City Harvey Fierstein [12]

2011–12 April 27, 2012 Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
& Brian d'Arcy James June 3, 2012 The Town Hall, New York City Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields
& Brian d'Arcy James [13]

2012–13 April 29, 2013 Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
& John Lloyd Young May 19, 2013


2013–14 April 25, 2014 Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Fran Drescher June 1, 2014 Laura Benanti [15]

2014–15 April 23, 2015 Judith Light
Judith Light
& Jessie Mueller May 31, 2015 [16]

2015–16 April 28, 2016 Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison
& Vanessa Williams June 5, 2016 Michael Urie [17]

2016–17 April 27, 2017 Laura Benanti & Javier Muñoz June 4, 2017 [18]

2017–18 April 26, 2018 TBA June 3, 2018 TBA [19]

Award categories[edit] Performance categories

Outstanding Actress in a Play Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Outstanding Actress in a Musical Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Outstanding Actor in a Play Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Outstanding Actor in a Musical Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Outstanding Solo Performance

Show and technical categories

Outstanding Musical Outstanding Revival of a Musical Outstanding Director of a Musical Outstanding Book of a Musical Outstanding Music Outstanding Music in a Play Outstanding Lyrics Outstanding Orchestrations Outstanding Choreography Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical Outstanding Play Outstanding Revival of a Play Outstanding Director of a Play Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play Outstanding Costume Design Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play Outstanding Sound Design in a Play Unique Theatrical Experience Outstanding Revue Outstanding Projection Design


Drama Desk Special
Award Outstanding Ensemble

Retired awards

Outstanding Director Outstanding Revival Outstanding Set Design Outstanding Lighting Design Outstanding Sound Design

See also[edit] Other theatre awards in New York:

Tony Award Lucille Lortel Awards Obie Award New York Drama Critics' Circle Drama League Award Theatre World Award


^ a b Calta, Louis. "Jones Is Named For Top Award By Drama Desk", The New York Times, July 2, 1969, p. 34 ^ McKinley, Jesse. " Modern Millie Leads Drama Desk Awards" The New York Times, May 20, 2002. Retrieved June 8, 2009 ^ "Baylor's Traveling Lady Production Receives Drama Desk Nomination", Baylor University, April 28, 2006. Retrieved June 8, 2009 ^ a b c "A Brief History Of The Drama Desk Awards". DramaDesk. Retrieved May 19, 2013.  ^ Zolotow, Sam. "Critics Hail Off Broadway Work: Elmer [sic] Rice Awards Are Presented by Drama Desk", The New York Times, May 19, 1964, p.42 ^ Riedel, Michael. "Backstage brouhaha at the Drama Desk Awards", Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2009 ^ "Nominating Committee & Current Members". Drama Desk. Retrieved August 24, 2016.  ^ " Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
Drama Desk Awards and Nominations" dramadesk.org, accessed May 19, 2013 ^ Bacalzo, Dan. " Title of Show Cast to Host 2008 Drama Desk Awarda" theatermania.com, April 22, 2008 ^ Gans, Andrew. " Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
to Host Drama Desk Awards" Archived May 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, March 25, 2009 ^ Gans, Andrew."Red, Memphis, Bridge, Fences and La Cage Win Drama Desk Awards" Archived March 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, May 23, 2010 ^ BBW News Desk. "2011 Drama Desk Award Winners Announced!" BroadwayWorld.com, May 23, 2011 ^ Gans, Andrew. "'Once', 'Tribes', 'Follies', 'Salesman', Audra McDonald, Danny Burstein and More Are Drama Desk Winners" Archived 2012-06-06 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, June 3, 2012 ^ Hetrick, Adam and Gans, Andrew. Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, Pippin, Matilda, Vanya and Sonia Win Drama Desk Awards" Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, May 19, 2013 ^ Gans, Andrew."Winners of 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards Announced; 'Gentleman's Guide' and 'All the Way' Win Top Prizes" Archived June 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Playbill, June 1, 2014 ^ Gans, Andrew and Gioia, Michael. " Drama Desk Award Winners Announced; 'Hamilton' Wins Seven Awards", Playbill, May 31, 2015 ^ Gans, Andrew. " Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
and Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison
Announce Drama Desk Nominations Today", Playbill, April 28, 2016 ^ Cox, Gordon (2017-06-05). "Drama Desk Awards 2017: Bette Midler, 'Oslo' Take Top Honors (Full List)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-05.  ^ Desk, BWW News. "Save the Date! 2018 Drama Desk Awards Reserve The Town Hall". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Drama Desk Awards


Play Revival of a Play Actor in a Play Actress in a Play Featured Actor in a Play Featured Actress in a Play Director of a Play Music in a Play


Musical Revival of a Musical Actor in a Musical Actress in a Musical Featured Actor in a Musical Featured Actress in a Musical Director of a Musical Music Lyrics Book Orchestrations


Choreography Scenic Design of a Musical Scenic Design of a Play Costume Design Lighting Design for a Musical Lighting Design for a Play Sound Design in a Musical Sound Design in a Play

Other (competitive)

Solo Performance Unique Theatrical Experience Revue Projection Design


Award Ensemble


Director Revival Set Design Lighting Design Sound Design

Authority control

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