In celebration of its 64th awards ceremony, the Drama Desk Awards has released a Spotify playlist of each year’s winner for Outstanding Musical since the award was established 44 years, ago in 1975.
The Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Musical Winners playlist can be heard with a standard Spotify membership on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Brief samples of each song can be heard on the playlist without a membership through any internet browser. Songs include “Wait for It” (Hamilton), “Electricity” (Billy Elliot), “Confrontation” (Les Misérables) and many more musical theater hits. The playlist is comprised of 42 songs, totaling nearly three hours of listening.
Bikini Bottom Day” (SpongeBob Squarepants the Musical)
“Welcome to the Rock” (Come From Away)
“Wait for it” (Hamilton)
“I’ve Decided to Marry You” (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder)
“Revolting Children” (Matilda the Musical)
“You and Me (But Mostly Me)” (The Book of Mormon)
“Memphis Lives in Me” (Memphis)
“Electricity” (Billy Elliot)
“Church Blues Revelation” (Passing Strange)
“The Bitch of Living” (Spring Awakening)
“As We Stumble Along” (The Drowsy Chaperone)
“The Song that Goes Like This” (Monty Python’s Spamalot)
“What is this Feeling?” (Wicked)
“Without Love” (Hairspray)
“Forget About the Boy” (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
“Betrayed” (The Producers)
“You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” (Contact)
“All the Wasted Time” (Parade)
“Sarah Brown Eyes” (Ragtime)
“The Oldest Profession” (The Life)
“La Vie Boheme” (Rent)
“Ol’ Man River” (Show Boat)
“Loving You” (Passion)
“Kiss of the Spider Woman” (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
“I Got Rhythm” (Crazy for You)
“Lily’s Eyes” (The Secret Garden)
“You’re Nothing Without Me” (City of Angels)
“Comedy Tonight” (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
“No one is Alone” (Into the Woods)
“Confrontation” (Les Misérables)
“The Writing on the Wall” (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
“Move On” (Sunday in the Park with George)
“Suddenly, Seymour” (Little Shop of Horrors)
“Guido’s Song” (Nine)
“I Am the Very Model of Modern Major General” (The Pirates of Penzance)
“Buenos Aires” (Evita)
“A Little Priest” (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street)
“Lookin’ Good but Feelin’ Bad” (Ain’t Misbehavin’)
Note: No Outstanding Musical award was given in 1985 and although Shuffle Along was awarded in 2016, no cast recording was ever produced. All other years from 1975 are included.
All other years from 1975 are included. The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan. Matt Britten, Broadway Brands CEO, will serve as executive producer and Joey Parnes Productions will produce the ceremony, as it has since 2012. The show will be written by Bill Rosenfield (46 Beacon, True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow), returning for his seventh year; directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends), marking his fourth year; and music-directed by Dan Lipton (The Band’s Visit, The Last Ship), making his fifth appearance.
The 2018-2019 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: Martha Wade Steketee (The Clyde Fitch Report, Dramatics, HowlRound), Chair; Linda Buchwald (American Theatre, TDF Stages, Theatre is Easy, Jewish Telegraphic Agency); Peter Filichia (Broadway Select; Broadway Radio; books including Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks, St. Martin’s Press); Helen Shaw (4Columns, Time Out New York, American Theatre); Jose Solís (American Theatre’s Token Theatre Friends, Scenes in Color, TDF Stages); Zachary Stewart (Theatermania.com); Doug Strassler (Garden State Journal, Back on the Block, TDF Stages); Charles Wright (Drama Desk Co-President), ex officio.
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The mission of the Drama Desk is to recognize outstanding achievement in New York theater and encourage discussion of issues significant to theater professionals. The organization accomplishes these goals by bestowing annual awards in more than 30 categories of theater arts and crafts, hosting the awards celebration, and presenting educational forums and panel discussions on theater topics. The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 by New York Times arts reporter Sam Zolotow, Edith Oliver of The New Yorker, and New York Post critic Vernon Rice, among others. Six years later, after Rice’s untimely death, the organization initiated an award in his honor for outstanding achievement Off-Broadway. Subsequently expanded and renamed the Drama Desk Awards, they now recognize accomplishments on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.
The 2019 Drama Desk awards is sponsored by Jujamcyn Theaters, The Nederlander Organization, The Shubert Organization, Hudson Scenic Studio/Theatrical Associates, LaDuca Shoes, Music Theatre International, Production Resource Group (PRG), Marathon Digital, Marks Paneth Accountants & Advisors, and Sweet Hospitality Group (SHG).
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