The 64th annual Drama Desk Awards will be handed out tonight and here are our predictions of what we think will walk away with the coveted awards.
Before we start, we think all the nominees are winners.
2019 Drama Desk Nominations:
Outstanding Play: The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth
Outstanding Musical: Tootsie
Outstanding Revival of a Play: The Waverly Gallery
Outstanding Revival of a Musical: Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Off-Broadway
Outstanding Actor in a Play: Raúl Esparza, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Outstanding Actress in a Play: Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Outstanding Actor in a Musical:Santino Fontana, Tootsie
Outstanding Actress in a MusicalStephanie J. Block, The Cher Show:
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill A Mockingbird
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: André De Shields, Hadestown
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!
Outstanding Director of a Play: Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Outstanding Director of a Musical: Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Outstanding Choreography presented by LaDuca Dance Shoes: Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me Kate
Outstanding Music presented by Music Theatre International: Joe Iconis, Be More Chill
Outstanding Lyrics presented by Music Theatre International: David Yazbek, Tootsie
Outstanding Book of a Musical presented by Music Theatre International: Robert Horn, Tootsie
Outstanding Orchestrations: Larry Blank, Fiddler on the Roof
Outstanding Music in a Play: Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton, Choir Boy
Outstanding Set Design of a Play: Matt Saunders, “Daddy”
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical presented by Hudson Scenic: David Korins, Beetlejuice
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play: Dede M. Ayite, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical: Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play: Jiyoun Chang, Slave Play
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical presented by Production Resource Group: Bradley King, Hadestown
Outstanding Projection Design: Peter England, King Kong
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Fitz Patton, Choir Boy
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown
Outstanding Wig and Hair Design: Paul Huntley, Tootsie
Outstanding Solo Performance: Mike Birbiglia, The New One
Unique Theatrical Experience: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da/Laura Little Theatrical Productions / Sheen Center
Outstanding Fight Choreography: Claire Warden, Slave Play
Outstanding Puppet Design: Sonny Tilders, King Kong
Companies and actors who already won.
Ensemble Award: To the uncanny ensemble of Dance Nation for their pointed portrait of a dance troupe riven by competition but fused by the experiences of youth: Purva Bedi, Eboni Booth, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Dina Shihabi, Ellen Maddow, Christina Rouner, Thomas Jay Ryan, Lucy Taylor, and Ikechukwu Ufomadu.
Sam Norkin Award: To Montana Levi Blanco, who enriched this season with his vibrant and detailed costumes for Fairview, The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, Or the Re-Education of Undine, Eddie and Dave, “Daddy,” and Ain’t No Mo’. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more, telling us a complete story about its wearer while giving us something fabulous to look at.
To Mia Katigbak, the backbone of the off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Peace for Mary Francis and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.
To Repertorio Español for presenting a year-round rotating repertory of new and classic Spanish-language plays in its intimate Gramercy venue. For the past 51 years, Repertorio has been an indispensable theater for Spanish-speaking audiences, while inviting non-Spanish-speaking theatergoers to discover the delights of the Spanish-language canon and introducing New York audiences to the work of actors like Zulema Clares and Germán Jaramillo.
Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka
The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.
The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).
Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.