Larry Owens (center) in ‘A Strange Loop.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)
Winners for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this last evening during a special ceremony on NY1 and streamed on NY1.com and DramaDeskAwards.com.
The evening, hosted by Frank DiLella from Times Square, featured appearances by Tituss Burgess, Drama Desk Award winner James Corden, two-time Drama Desk Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, Drama Desk Award winner Alan Cumming, Beanie Feldstein, two-time Drama Desk Award winner Santino Fontana, Drama Desk Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, two-time Drama Desk Award winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson, two-time Drama Desk Award winner Jane Krakowski, three-time Drama Desk Award winner Patti LuPone, five-time Drama Desk Award winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk Award winner Cynthia Nixon, two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Ashley Park, Drama Desk Award nominee Andrew Rannells, Drama Desk Award winner Ali Stroker, and five-time Drama Desk Award winner Susan Stroman.
The ceremony also celebrated the life and legacy of American theater producer and director Hal Prince with the Drama Desk Awards’ first-ever lifetime achievement honor. The Harold Prince Award will be bestowed annually for outstanding contributions to theater, and this year was awarded posthumously to Mr. Prince. Prince passed away on July 31, 2019, at the age of 91.
The event also featured a first look at the brand-new Drama Desk Awards statuette.
The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez
A Strange Loop, Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 Productions
Outstanding Revival of a Play
A Soldier’s Play, Roundabout Theatre Company
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Larry Owens, A Strange Loop
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill
Outstanding Director of a Play
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!
Dave Malloy, Octet
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Outstanding Music in a Play
Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play
Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons
Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge!
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!
Outstanding Projection Design
Luke Halls, West Side Story
Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!
Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Campbell Young Associates, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Outstanding Solo Performance
Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
Unique Theatrical Experience
Is This A Room, Vineyard Theatre
Outstanding Fight Choreography
Thomas Schall, A Soldier’s Play
A Christmas Carol, by Jack Thorne
Outstanding Puppet Design
Raphael Mishler, Tumacho
Ensemble Award: To the eight pitch-perfect performers in Dave Malloy’s a cappella musical Octet: Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma proved instrumental in giving a layered look at modern forms of addiction.
Sam Norkin Award: To actress Mary Bacon, who continued her versatile career of compassionate, searing work for such companies as The Mint, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, and The Actors Theater Company, with two of Off-Broadway’s most humane performances this season in Coal Country at the Public Theater and Nothing Gold Can Stay presented by Partial Comfort Productions.
You can watch the full awards ceremony here: