Presenters and Performances at the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today by Charles Wright and David Barbour, co-presidents of the Drama Desk, Matt Britten, executive producer of the Drama Desk Awards and CEO of Broadway Brands, and Joey Parnes, producer of the Drama Desk ceremony. There will be performances by Drama Desk nominee George Salazar (Be More Chill) accompanied by composer/lyricist and Drama Desk nominee Joe Iconis; Drama Desk nominees Stacey Sargeant and Andrew R. Butler (Rags Parkland), and Drama Desk and Tony® Award winner Lillias White, who will be singing during the In Memoriam. Presenters will include: Bertie Carvel, Billy Crudup, Joel Grey, Lesli Margherita, Lindsay Mendez, Jessie Mueller, Lynn Nottage, Phylicia Rashad, and Ethan Slater. More presenters will be announced shortly. 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. Follow the Drama Desk Awards: @DramaDeskAwards on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates.
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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