Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Laura Benanti (She Loves MeGypsy) and Javier Muñoz (HamiltonIn the Heights). The nominations announcement was streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com. The full list of nominees is available on its website and here

In keeping with the Drama Desk's mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway during the 2016-2017 New York theater season. Eligibility and award category designations for the productions under consideration this season were determined by the Drama Desk Board of Directors with recommendations from the Nominating Committee.  

The Drama Desk nominating committee considered Dear Evan Hansen and Significant Other in the 2015 – 2016 season, making them ineligible for consideration this season. IndecentSweat, and Oslo were considered for their Off Broadway runs, even though they subsequently transferred to Broadway this season.   The committee determined that the book and score of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 were not sufficiently different from earlier, already eligible productions to be considered this season. However, the design, staging, and new members of the company were considered this year.   The committee determined that all aspects of In Transit had been significantly reworked since its Off Broadway engagement in 2010 and thus deemed it eligible for consideration this season.   In accordance with the wishes of its producers, the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George was not considered.   With respect to the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, the committee determined that Glenn Close’s performance and costumes were not eligible because of eligibility in an earlier season, but the other performances, direction, choreography, and design aspects were eligible. The Drama Desk nominees will receive their official nomination certificates at the nominees’ reception on May 10th at The New York Marriott Marquis.


April 4, 2017

Tickets went on sale this morning, April 4th for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, and can be purchased at www.DramaDeskAwards.com. This year’s awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will be held at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street) on Sunday, June 4th.

Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In the Heights) will announce the nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street).
The nominations announcement news conference and the awards show will be live-streamed on www.TheaterMania.com.
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.


March 29, 2017

LAURA BENANTI AND  JAVIER MUÑOZ TO ANNOUNCE
62nd ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS
THURSDAY, APRIL 27th AT 10AM AT  FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW 
AWARDS WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 4th AT THE TOWN HALL
www.DramaDeskAwards.com

Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In the Heights) will announce the nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), it was announced today by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com. 

The nominations announcement news conference and the awards show will be live-streamed on www.TheaterMania.com.
“It is an honor to have Laura Benanti and Javier Muñoz announce this year’s Drama Desk Nominations,” said Gretchen Shugart. “Unique, gifted, and gracious…these creative individuals are excellent representatives of the New York theater community.  We invite the industry and public to watch the nominations on TheaterMania.com's live webcast from Feinstein's/54 Below."

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will be held at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street) on Sunday, June 4th.

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 2016-2017 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: 
David Barbour (Lighting&Sound America), Chair; 
Linda Buchwald (freelance, American Theatre, Playbill, TDF Stages, Theatre is Easy, JTA); 
Peter Filichia (Broadway Select, author, most recently, of The Great Parade: The Remarkable 1963-64 Broadway Season); 
David Finkle (Blogger, Huffington Post; Clyde Fitch Report); 
Sandy MacDonald (freelance, Time Out New York, TheaterNewsOnline.com);
Douglas Strassler (Garden State Journal);
Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania); 
Charles Wright (President, Drama Desk), ex officio.

For the sixth consecutive year, TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony and Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. Gretchen Shugart is the Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends). Tickets to the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards are available to the general public at www.dramadeskawards.com.

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.

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors of the Drama Desk is composed of: Charles Wright (A+E Networks), President; Richard Ridge (BroadwayWorld.com), 1st Vice President; Lauren Yarger (reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com), 2nd Vice President; Andy Lefkowitz (Broadway.com), Secretary; Edward Karam (offoffonline.com), Treasurer; David Barbour (Lighting&Sound America), Chair, Awards Nominating Committee; Leslie (Hoban) Blake (Two on the Aisle/MNN/YouTube/DailyMotion), Historian; Arlene Epstein (Richner Communications/South Shore Record & Nassau Herald); Elysa Gardner (freelance critic/arts writer); Isa Goldberg (freelance writer, East Hampton Independent, Southampton Press); John Istel (Managing editor, DramaDesk.org; freelance arts editor and journalist); David Kaufman (author and freelance); William Wolf (WolfEntertainmentGuide.com, adjunct professor, NYU). 
In addition to Gretchen Shugart as Managing Executive Producer, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone are Executive Producers of the Drama Desk Awards.


December 21, 2016

TheaterMania.com presents
62nd ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS  SUNDAY, JUNE 4th AT THE TOWN HALL

DRAMA DESK AWARD WINNER MICHAEL URIE TO RETURN AS HOST

Nominations will be announced on April 27th at Feinstein’s/54 Below and streamed live on www.theatermania.com

New York, NY, December 21, 2016 -- The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDeskAwards.com) will be presented by TheaterMania.com on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street), it was announced today by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com and Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards.  TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony for the sixth consecutive year.
Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, “Ugly Betty”) will return as host of the ceremony. 
 The Drama Desk Awards are the only major New York City theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same categories.
The Drama Desk Awards nominations announcement will take place on Thursday, April 27th at Feinstein’s/54 Below at 10:00a.m. and will be streamed live on TheaterMania.com.

“The Drama Desk is privileged to collaborate again with TheaterMania and the superb production team assembled by Gretchen Shugart and Joey Parnes – and to welcome back, as our host, the charming Michael Urie,” said Charles Wright. “The Drama Desk team is committed to celebrating not just the Awards nominees and winners but everything that’s outstanding in the New York theater community.”    “TheaterMania is honored to present the prestigious Drama Desk Awards for our sixth consecutive year,” Shugart said. “Celebrating New York City theater gives us a chance to showcase the creativity, diversity and excitement that is on and off Broadway with people around the globe. And with the amazing Michael Urie again leading the show, we know it will be a great night.”

Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends).
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 Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater, without any vested interest in the results. For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect both enthusiasm for all aspects of New York’s professional theater. 

The 2016-2017 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: 
David Barbour (Lighting&Sound America), Chair; 
Linda Buchwald (freelance, American Theatre, Playbill, TDF Stages, Theatre is Easy, JTA);
Peter Filichia (Broadway Select, author, most recently, of The Great Parade: The Remarkable 1963-64 Broadway Season); 
David Finkle (Blogger, Huffington Post; Clyde Fitch Report);
Sandy MacDonald (freelance, Time Out New York, TheaterNewsOnline.com);
Douglas Strassler (Garden State Journal);
Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania);
Charles Wright (President, Drama Desk), ex officio.

For the sixth consecutive year, TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony and Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show.  Gretchen Shugart is the Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends). . Tickets to the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards are available to the general public at www.dramadeskawards.com. 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. The 2016-2017 Board of Directors of the Drama Desk is composed of: Charles Wright (A+E Networks), President; Richard Ridge (BroadwayWorld.com), 1st Vice President; Lauren Yarger (reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com), 2nd Vice President; Andy Lefkowitz (Broadway.com), Secretary; Edward Karam (offoffonline.com), Treasurer; David Barbour (Lighting&Sound America), Chair, Awards Nominating Committee; Leslie (Hoban) Blake (Two on the Aisle/MNN/YouTube/DailyMotion), Historian; Arlene Epstein (Richner Communications/South Shore Record & Nassau Herald); Elysa Gardner (freelance critic/arts writer); Isa Goldberg (freelance writer, East Hampton Independent, Southampton Press); John Istel (Managing editor, DramaDesk.org; freelance arts editor and journalist); David Kaufman (author and freelance); William Wolf (WolfEntertainmentGuide.com, adjunct professor, NYU).  In addition to Gretchen Shugart as Managing Executive Producer, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone are Executive Producers of the Drama Desk Awards.