NEWS

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nominations for the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, “Ugly Betty”) and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, “Glee”)
The nominations announcement was streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com. The full list of nominees is available here.
In keeping with Drama Desk's mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off Off Broadway during the 2015-2016 New York theater season. 
The 2015-2016 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: David Barbour (Lighting&Sound America), Chair; 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 (Time Out New York, TheaterNewsOnline.com); Andy Propst (AmericanTheaterWeb.com, author, You Fascinate Me So: The Life & Times of Cy Coleman); Diane Snyder (Cititour.com, Time Out New York); Douglas Strassler (Garden State Journal), Charles Wright (President, Drama Desk), ex officio.
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. Because of the abundance of great work throughout the season, the board also authorized the increase in the number of nominees allowed in select categories. 
 “The nature of the work we’ve seen this particular season led us to make a few changes in the awards categories,” said Drama Desk Nominating Committee Chair David Barbour. “In the case of design, the committee was moved to create separate categories for musicals and non-musicals in all four disciplines, also adding a category for wig and hair design. The committee also chose not to make any nominations this year in the categories of Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Revue.”
The Drama Desk nominees will receive their official nomination certificates at the nominees’ reception on May 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The New York Marriott Marquis.
The 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan. TheaterMania.com will present the awards ceremony. Gretchen Shugart is Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards and the President of Drama Desk is Charles Wright.

Contact:  Scott Klein at Keith Sherman & Associates (212) 764-7900, scott@ksa-pr.com 

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DRAMA DESK AWARD WINNER MICHAEL URIE TO HOST SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH AT THE TOWN HALL 

NOMINATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 28th

New York, NY, March 1, 2016 – Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, “Ugly Betty”) will serve as host of the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, June 5, 2016 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.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael Urie as this year’s Drama Desk Awards host. His charm, wit and warmth will make for a very special and lively evening as we celebrate excellence in New York theater,” said Shugart. Michael Urie said, "I can’t wait to host the Drama Desk Awards show. This year, to add more excitement, we’re calling it Drama Desk: LIVE!"

For the fifth consecutive year, TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony and Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. Shugart is the Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group). Tickets to the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards will go on sale to the general public on March 28th at www.DramaDeskAwards.com. The Drama Desk Awards nominations announcement will take place on Thursday, April 28th at Feinstein’s/54 Below at 10:00 am and will be streamed live 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 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 and a level of erudition and theatrical experience unparalleled in our industry’s other prize-giving organizations.

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About Michael Urie
For originating the role of Alex More in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, Urie received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. New York theater credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), Shows For Days (LCT), The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Urie has worked for Two River, The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (L.A.) Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: Gavin Sinclair on Modern Family, Younger, Workaholics, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Partners and Marc St. James on “Ugly Betty”. He currently hosts the Logo series Cocktails And Classics. Web series: “What’s Your Emergency” (director). Training: Juilliard.


New York, NY, February 4, 2016

The 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDeskAwards.com) will be presented by TheaterMania.com on Sunday, June 5, 2016 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.

The Drama Desk Awards nominations announcement will take place on Thursday, April 28th at Feinstein’s/54 Below at 10:00am and will be streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com.

TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony for the fifth consecutive year.  Ms. Shugart is the Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. 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 category.

“For almost 61 years, the Drama Desk has been honoring professional achievement at all levels of New York theater,” said Charles Wright. “Every spring, the Drama Desk Awards ceremony offers an occasion to celebrate outstanding work in what is unquestionably the most vibrant theater community in our country and perhaps the world.” “TheaterMania is pleased to again present the prestigious Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall,” Shugart said. “Audience members and webcast viewers around the globe are in for a treat as the Awards show celebrates the diversity, creativity, and talent that New York City theater offers.”

Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group).

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 and a level of erudition and theatrical experience unparalleled in our industry’s other prize-giving organizations. 

The 2015-2016 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: David Barbour (Lighting & Sound America), Chair; 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 (Time Out New York, TheaterNewsOnline.com); Andy Propst (AmericanTheaterWeb.com, author, You Fascinate Me So: The Life & Times of Cy Coleman); Diane Snyder (Cititour.com, Time Out New York); Douglas Strassler (Garden State Journal); Charles Wright (President, Drama Desk), ex officio.  

The 2015-2016 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 (Manchester Journal-Inquirerreflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com), 2nd Vice President; Edward Karam (offoffonline.com), Treasurer; David Barbour (Lighting & Sound America), Chair, Awards Nominating Committee; Leslie (Hoban) Blake (Two on the Aisle/MNN/YouTube/Daily Motion), Historian; Arlene Epstein (Richner Communications/South Shore Record, liherald.com); Elysa Gardner (USA Today); Isa Goldberg (East Hampton Independent, Southampton Press); John Istel (Managing editor, DramaDesk.org; freelance arts editor and journalist); David Kaufman (author and freelance); Andy Lefkowitz (TheaterMania); William Wolf (Adjunct professor, NYU, WolfEntertainmentGuide.com)   In addition to TheaterMania and Ms. Shugart, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone, in association with Renee McCurry, 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.

Visit last year's 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards Site