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April 10, 2018

New York, NY - Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me, Nine, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) will announce the nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00am at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), it was announced today by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView, parent company of TheaterMania.com.

The nominations announcement news conference and the awards show will be live-streamed on www.TheaterMania.com.

“What an honor to have Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess announce this year’s Drama Desk Nominations,” said Gretchen Shugart. “With their unique theatrical backgrounds, we are so pleased that they will be on hand to celebrate 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 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will be held at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street) on Sunday, June 3. Tickets are now on sale at www.DramaDeskAwards.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.

The 2017-2018 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: David Barbour, (Lighting&Sound America - Committee Chair), Linda Buchwald (freelance: Theatre is Easy, Playbill, American Theatre, TDF Stages), Peter Filichia (Broadway Select; Broadway Radio; author, most recently, Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks - St. Martin’s Press), Helen Shaw (Time Out NY; Village Voice), Martha Wade Steketee (freelance; Theater Pizzazz; Exeunt; HowlRound), Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania.com),  Doug Strassler (Garden State Journal; Center on the Aisle; Back on the Block; TDF Stages), Charles Wright (Drama Desk President), ex officio.

For the seventh consecutive year, TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony and Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show.  Shugart is Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield (46 Beacon, True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow), and directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends).

The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be sponsored by Chase and Hudson Scenic Studio. More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

In addition to Gretchen Shugart as Managing Executive Producer, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone are Executive Producers of the Drama Desk Awards.


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About TheaterMania.com

Founded in 1999, TheaterMania connects the theater industry to a mass consumer audience, with comprehensive listings, news, reviews, features, interviews, and video content that covers theater across the United States and the United Kingdom.  TheaterMania's widely distributed email newsletters provide special offers to over 1 million subscribers.  In addition to providing theaters with online marketing programs to drive ticket sales, TheaterMania's proprietary ticketing system OvationTix is used throughout America by hundreds of performing arts organizations, museums, concerts, festivals and events to process ticket sales and manage fundraising and patron information.  TheaterMania owns London-based WhatsOnStage, a source for information and tickets to UK theater, and also produces the annual WhatsOnStage Awards. TheaterMania became presenter of the Drama Desk Awards in 2012. In July of 2017 TheaterMania became part of AudienceView Ticketing Corporation, a leading provider of ticketing software to major performing arts, sports and other organizations around the globe.

April 3, 2018

New York, NY - Tickets are now on sale for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, and can be purchased at www.DramaDeskAwards.com, it was announced today by Charles Wright, President of the Drama Desk, and Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView, parent company of TheaterMania, which will present the awards ceremony. This year’s Drama Desk Awards will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).

Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar, Ugly Betty) will return as host of the ceremony for the third consecutive year.

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 26th at Feinstein’s/54 Below at 10a.m. and can be seen on www.TheaterMania.com.

“The Drama Desk is delighted that Michael Urie is hosting the Awards for a third time,” said Drama Desk president Charles Wright. “Michael’s enthusiasm for New York theater and his distinctive sense of humor add the perfect zest to this annual celebration.”

"TheaterMania is honored to again present the Drama Desk Awards at New York’s famed Town Hall,” Ms. Shugart said. “Audience members and webcast viewers from the New York community and around the world are in for a treat, as the Awards show celebrates the diversity, creativity, and talent that live theater has to offer. And with Michael Urie once again at the helm, we can expect a fun-filled unpredictable night."

Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield (46 Beacon, True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow) and directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends).

The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be sponsored by Music Theatre International, Hudson Scenic Studio and Production Resource Group. More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

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. For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect enthusiasm for all aspects of New York’s professional theater.

The 2017-2018 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: David Barbour, (Lighting&Sound America - Committee Chair), Linda Buchwald (freelance: Theatre is Easy, Playbill, American Theatre, TDF Stages), Peter Filichia (Broadway Select; Broadway Radio; author, most recently, 0f Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks - St. Martins Press), Helen Shaw (Time Out NY; Village Voice), Martha Wade Steketee (freelance; Theater Pizzazz; Exeunt; HowlRound), Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania.com),  Doug Strassler (Garden State Journal; Center on the Aisle; Back on the Block; TDF Stages), Charles Wright (Drama Desk President), ex officio.

In addition to TheaterMania and Ms. Shugart, Robert R. Blume, and David S. Stone are Executive Producers of the Drama Desk Awards.


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About TheaterMania


Founded in 1999, TheaterMania connects the theater industry to a mass consumer audience, with comprehensive listings, news, reviews, features, interviews and video content that covers theater across the United States and the United Kingdom.  TheaterMania's widely distributed email newsletters provide special offers to over 1 million subscribers.  In addition to providing theaters with online marketing programs to drive ticket sales, TheaterMania's proprietary ticketing system OvationTix is used throughout America by hundreds of performing arts organizations, museums, concerts, festivals and events to process ticket sales and manage fundraising and patron information.  TheaterMania owns London-based WhatsOnStage, a source for information and tickets to UK theater, and also produces the annual WhatsOnStage Awards. TheaterMania became presenter of the Drama Desk Awards in 2012. In July of 2017 TheaterMania became part of AudienceView Ticketing Corporation, a leading provider of ticketing software to major performing arts, sports and other organizations around the globe.

December, 5, 2017

New York, NY -- The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDeskAwards.com) will be presented by TheaterMania.com on Sunday, June 3, 2018 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, President of Arts and Culture of TheaterMania.com and Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards.  TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony for the seventh consecutive year.

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 26th, with the location and time to be announced in the coming weeks.

“The Drama Desk Awards are a wonderful celebration of what’s outstanding at all levels of professional theater in New York City,” said Charles Wright. “Our organization is privileged to collaborate again with TheaterMania.com and the talented production team assembled by Gretchen Shugart and Joey Parnes.”
  
“TheaterMania is pleased to again present the prestigious Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall,” Shugart said. “The Awards show celebrates the variety, creativity, and sheer talent that New York City theater offers. All of the exciting new productions opening in New York this year will certainly contribute to a great show at Town Hall.”

Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show, which will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Mark Waldrop.

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 and publishers covering theater. The Drama Desk Awards reflect enthusiasm for all aspects of New York’s professional theater.

The 2017-2018 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: David Barbour, (Lighting&Sound America - Committee Chair), Linda Buchwald (freelance: Theatre is Easy, Playbill, American Theatre, TDF Stages), Peter Filichia (Broadway Select; Broadway Radio; author, most recently, 0f Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks - St. Martins Press), Helen Shaw (Time Out NY; Village Voice), Martha Wade Steketee (freelance; Theater Pizzazz; Exeunt; HowlRound), Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania.com), Doug Strassler (Garden State Journal; Center on the Aisle; Back on the Block; TDF Stages), Charles Wright (Drama Desk President), ex officio.

In addition to TheaterMania and Ms. Shugart, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone are Executive Producers
of the Drama Desk Awards.


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About TheaterMania

Founded in 1999, TheaterMania connects the theater industry to a mass consumer audience, with comprehensive listings, news, reviews, features, interviews and video content that covers theater across the United States and the United Kingdom.  TheaterMania's widely distributed email newsletters provide special offers to over 1 million subscribers.  In addition to providing theaters with online marketing programs to drive ticket sales, TheaterMania's proprietary ticketing system OvationTix is used throughout America by hundreds of performing arts organizations, museums, concerts, festivals and events to process ticket sales and manage fundraising and patron information.  TheaterMania owns London-based WhatsOnStage, a source for information and tickets to UK theater, and also produces the annual WhatsOnStage Awards. TheaterMania became presenter of the Drama Desk Awards in 2012. In July of 2017 TheaterMania became part of AudienceView Ticketing Corporation, a leading provider of ticketing software to major performing arts, sports and other organizations around the globe.