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The Drama Desk Awards Who Will and Won’t Win

The Drama Desk Awards Who Will and Won’t Win
Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams

Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams announcing the nominees

Tomorrow June 5, TheaterMania will present the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards at 8:00pm at New York’s Town Hall. Host Michael Urie and special guests will make this awards show special. The Drama Desk will announce their winners for the most outstanding productions of the season and T2C will be on the red carpet and in the press room to bring you more in the following days. Here is what we think will win and why.

Outstanding Play
Who will win: The Humans, Roundabout Theatre Company. Though I personally do not like this show, it is the darling of Broadway.
What should win: The Royale, Lincoln Center Theater. This is one terrific director.
Outstanding Musical
Who will win: Waitress. Of what was given this will be the favorite.
What should win: Shuffle Along since Dear Evan Hanson or Southern Comfort was not nominated.
Outstanding Revival of a Play
Who will win: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Roundabout Theatre Company. This is the favorite.
Who should win: Women Without Men, Mint Theater Company. So well done and deserving.
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Who will win: She Loves Me. This is the team favorite.
Who should win: The Color Purple. I did not see the first production, but I find this production so moving and well deserving.
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Who will and should win: Frank Langella, The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Who will and should win: Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Who will and should win: Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Who will win: Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Who should win: Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort, Public Theater. This is the better performance, but Laura Bennati is a Drama Desk darling. In the Tonys this will be Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple.
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Who will win: Michael Shannon, Long’s Day Journey Into Night 
Who should win: Richard Thomas, Incident at Vichy, Signature Theatre. Michael Shannon’s performance is good Mr. Thomas’s was just more layered.
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Who will win: Megan Hilty, Noises Off. Drama Desk favorite.
Who should win: Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed, Public Theater
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Who will and should win: Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Who will win: Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me. Drama Desk favorite.
Who should win: Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple. I just think this performance is riveting.
Outstanding Director of a Play
Who will win: Ivo van Hove, A View from the Bridge. Again a favorite this year though I personally feel having worked with Miller that van Hove’s work would have the author rolling in his grave.
Who should win: Rachel Chavkin, The Royale. A director on the rise.
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Who will win: Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof
Who should win: John Doyle, The Color Purple
Outstanding Choreography
Who will and should win: Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Outstanding Music
Who will win: Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Who should win: The Lobbyists, SeaWife, Naked Angels. Who should have been nominated and won was Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for Dear Evan Hanson.
Outstanding Lyrics
Who will win:Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Who should win: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen. I am such a fan of this musical.
Outstanding Orchestrations
Who will and should  win: Larry Hochman, She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company
Outstanding Music in a Play
Who will win: This is any body’s guess. I am going to say Billie Joe Armstrong, These Paper Bullets!, Atlantic Theatre Company. Though my personal choice is  Shaun Davey, Pericles, Theatre for a New Audience
Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Who will and should win: Riccardo Hernandez, Red Speedo, New York Theatre Workshop
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Who will win: Es Devlin, American Psycho
Who should win: David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Who will win: William Ivey Long, Shows for Days, Lincoln Center Theatre. A Drama Desk favorite.
Who should win: Martha Hally, Women Without Men
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Who will and should win: Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Who will win: Justin Townsend, The Humans
Who should win: Tyler Micoleau, Antlia Pneumatica, Playwrights Horizons
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Who will win: Justin Townsend, American Psycho. The Drama Desk liked this show and will want to honor it.
Who should win: Jules Fisher/Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along. This show is just spectacular.
Outstanding Projection Design
Who will and should win: Hands down Finn Ross, American Psycho
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Who will win: Fitz Patton, The Humans
Who should win: Ryan Rumery, Empanada Loca
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Who will win: Nevin Steinberg, Bright Star. The Drama Desk members love this show and this is how they will honor it.
Who should win: Scott Lehrer, Shuffle Along
Outstanding Wig and Hair
Who will win:David Brian Brown, She Loves Me
Who should win: Charles G. LaPointe, The School for Scandal, Red Bull Theater. This was so sensational in a class by itself.
Outstanding Solo Performance
Who will win: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Who should win: James Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. 
Unique Theatrical Experience
Who will win: That Physics Show 
Who should win: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Best Book of a Musical
Who will win: John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
Who should win: I personally think Steven Levanson for Dear Evan Hanson, should have been nominated and won.
Check in late tomorrow night to see what we got right, what we got wrong and celebrate all the winners.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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