Drama Desk Awards 2019 Nominees Announced

The Drama Desk Awards Nominations 2019 have been announced today with a revival of Oklahoma! leading the way with 12 nominations.

Oklahoma! Drama Desk Nominations
Damon Daunno (Curly) and Amber Gray (Laurey) star in director Daniel Fish’s experimental retelling of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Photo: Cory Weaver

The Drama Desk Awards are given to shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. This years ceremony will be held at The Town Hall, New York on 2 June 2019.

Tootsie and Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future followed Oklahoma! with 11 nominations each.

Productions of Hadestown, Torch Song, and Choir Boy all of which had off-Broadway runs in previous seasons were only eligible in categories where thye nominators considered there was new work.

Productions of Br More Chill, What the Contitution Means To Me, Oklahoma! and The New One all had Off-Broadway and Broadway runs in the same season, so both productions were considered together for nominations.

The Drama Desk Awards are voted on by theater critics, journalists, editors, publishers and broadcasters.


Outstanding Play

“Fairview,” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Soho Rep
The Ferryman,” by Jez Butterworth
“Lewiston/Clarkston,” by Samuel D. Hunter, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
“Usual Girls,” by Ming Peiffer, Roundabout Theatre Company
“What the Constitution Means to Me,” by Heidi Schreck, New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway

Outstanding Musical

“Be More Chill”
“The Hello Girls,” Prospect Theater Company
The Prom
“Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future,” Ars Nova

Outstanding Revival of a Play

“Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine,” Signature Theatre
“Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts,” National Asian American Theatre Company
“Our Lady of 121st Street,” Signature Theatre
“Summer and Smoke,” Classic Stage Company/Transport Group
“The Waverly Gallery”
“Uncle Vanya,” Hunter Theater Project

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

“Carmen Jones,” Classic Stage Company
Fiddler on the Roof,” National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Off-Broadway
Kiss Me, Kate, Roundabout Theatre Company
“Merrily We Roll Along,” Fiasco Theater/Roundabout Theatre Company
Oklahoma!,” Bard Summerscape/St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Jeff Biehl, “Life Sucks”
Edmund Donovan, “Lewiston/Clarkston”
Raúl Esparza, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”
Russell Harvard, “I Was Most Alive With You”
Jay O. Sanders, “Uncle Vanya”

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Midori Francis, “Usual Girls”
Zainab Jah, “Boesman and Lena”
Elaine May, “The Waverly Gallery”
Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom
Andrew R. Butler, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”
Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, “Tootsie
Steven Skybell, “Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show
Beth Leavel, “The Prom
Rebecca Naomi Jones, “Oklahoma!
Anika Noni Rose, “Carmen Jones”
Stacey Sargeant, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Charles Browning, “Fairview”
Arnie Burton, “Lewiston/Clarkston”
Hampton Fluker, “All My Sons”
Tom Glynn-Carney, “The Ferryman
Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Harriett D. Foy, “The House That Will Not Stand”
Megan Hill, “Eddie and Dave”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Ruth Wilson, “King Lear
Alison Wright, “Othello”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Corbin Bleu, “Kiss Me, Kate
André De Shields, “Hadestown
Sydney James Harcourt, “Girl from the North Country”
George Salazar, “Be More Chill”
Patrick Vaill, “Oklahoma!

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Stephanie Hsu, “Be More Chill”
Leslie Kritzer, “Beetlejuice
Soara-Joye Ross, “Carmen Jones”
Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie
Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!
Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!

Outstanding Director of a Play

Sarah Benson, “Fairview”
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, “The Jungle”
Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman
Tyne Rafaeli, “Usual Girls”
Taylor Reynolds, “Plano”
Jeff Wise, “Life Sucks”

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Noah Brody, “Merrily We Roll Along”
Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown
Scott Ellis, “Tootsie
Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!
Joel Grey, “Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Choreography

Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy”
Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, “Tootsie
Lorin Latarro, “Twelfth Night”
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, “Alice by Heart”
David Neumann, “Hadestown”

Outstanding Music

Andrew R. Butler, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”
Joe Iconis, “Be More Chill”
Peter Mills, “The Hello Girls”
Mark Sonnenblick, “Midnight at the Never Get”
Shaina Taub, “Twelfth Night”
David Yazbek, “Tootsie

Outstanding Lyrics

Chad Beguelin, “The Prom
Andrew R. Butler, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”
Joe Iconis, “Be More Chill”
Peter Mills, “The Hello Girls”
David Yazbek, “Tootsie

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Scott Brown and Anthony King, “Beetlejuice
Andrew R. Butler, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”
Robert Horn, “Tootsie
Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, “The Prom
Dominique Morisseau, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Outstanding Orchestrations

Larry Blank, “Fiddler on the Roof
Simon Hale, “Girl from the North Country”
Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!
Charlie Rosen, “Be More Chill”
Daryl Waters, “The Cher Show

Outstanding Music in a Play

Paul Castles and Jongbin Jung, “Wild Goose Dreams”
Justin Ellington, “Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie”
Justin Ellington, “The House That Will Not Stand”
Nick Powell, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy”

Outstanding Set Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, “The Jungle”
Es Devlin, “Girls & Boys”
Maruti Evans, “The Peculiar Patriot”
Mimi Lien, “Fairview”
Matt Saunders, “Daddy”

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical

Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!”
Laura Jellinek, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”
David Korins, “Beetlejuice
Rae Smith, “Girl from the North Country”

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Dede M. Ayite, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”
Dede M. Ayite, “If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka”
Ásta Bennie Hostetter, “Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie”
Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Nicole Slaven, “Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts”

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, “Tootsie
Bobby Frederick Tilly II, “Be More Chill”
Michael Krass, “Hadestown
Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show
Paloma Young, “Alice by Heart”

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play

Amith Chandrashaker, “Boesman and Lena”
Amith Chandrashaker, “Fairview”
Jiyoun Chang, “Slave Play”
Jon Clark, “The Jungle”
Simon Cleveland, “Spaceman”
Yi Zhao, “The House That Will Not Stand”

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical

Adam Honoré, “Carmen Jones”
Bradley King, “Hadestown
Jamie Roderick, “Midnight at the Never Get”
Barbara Samuels, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”
Scott Zielinski, “Oklahoma!

Outstanding Projection Design

Peter England, “King Kong
Katherine Freer, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”
Luke Halls, “The Lehman Trilogy”
Alex Basco Koch, “Be More Chill”
Peter Nigrini, “Beetlejuice
Joshua Thorson, “Oklahoma!

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Tyler Kieffer, “Plano”
Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy”
Nick Powell, “The Ferryman
Jane Shaw, “I Was Most Alive With You”
Mikaal Sulaiman, “Fairview”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Simon Baker, “Girl from the North Country”
Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!
Brian Ronan, “Tootsie
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown
Mikaal Sulaiman, “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future”

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design

Campbell Young Associates, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Cookie Jordan, “Eddie and Dave”
Paul Huntley, “Tootsie
Charles G. LaPointe, “Beetlejuice
Charles G. LaPointe, “The Cher Show”

Outstanding Solo Performance

Mike Birbiglia, “The New One”
Carey Mulligan, “Girls & Boys”
Liza Jessie Peterson, “The Peculiar Patriot,” National Black Theatre/Hi-Arts
Erin Treadway, “Spaceman,” Loading Dock Theatre
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

Unique Theatrical Experience

“All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” Theater Latté Da/Laura Little Theatrical Productions / Sheen Center
“Love’s Labor’s Lost,” Shake & Bake
“The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,’” The Wooster Group
“What to Send Up When it Goes Down,” The Movement Theatre Company

Outstanding Fight Choreography

U. Jonathan Toppo, “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”
Claire Warden, “Daddy”
Claire Warden, “Slave Play”

Outstanding Puppet Design

Michael Curry, “Beetlejuice
Sonny Tilders, “King Kong
Tschabalala Self, “Daddy”

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.

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