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The Prom Upsets and Wins The Drama Desk

The Prom Upsets and Wins The Drama Desk

It was a big night at the Drama Desk, as old favorites and new performances impressed. Tootsie took Best Book, Best Music, Best Lyrics and Best Actor in a Musical. The Ferryman took Best Play, Best Director, Best Sound Design and Best Supporting Actor in a Play. And the winners are…………….

2019 Drama Desk Award Winners:

Outstanding Play: The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth

Outstanding Musical: The Prom

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: Jay O. Sanders, Uncle Vanya

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Tom Glynn-Carney, The Ferryman

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: David Yazbek, Tootsie

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: Daniel Kluger, Oklahoma!

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: Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical: Bob Mackie, The Cher Show

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play: Amith Chandrashaker, Boesman and Lena

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: Nick Powell, The Ferryman

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design: Charles G. LaPointe, The Cher Show

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

Special Awards:

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 FairviewThe House That Will Not StandFabulation, Or the Re-Education of UndineEddie 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 PartsThe Trial of the Catonsville NinePeace 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.


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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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