Monday, May 3, 2010

Drama Desk Nominees Announced; Ragtime and The Scottsboro BoysReceive Most

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Cady Huffman announced our Drama Desk nominations this morning during breakfast at the Friars Club.

The shows receiving the most nods, Ragtime and The Scottsboro Boys, have already closed. Each received nine nominations apiece, the most of any productions from this season. Ragtime never found an audience and closed after a short run; Scottsboro had been a limited run from the beginning.

Winners will be announced at our May 23 awards ceremony at the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. Patti LuPone (in photo) will host. But before that, we'll celebrate Thursday at our annual cocktail reception for nominees, to be held for the first time at Churrascaria Plataforma, a Brazilian restaurant on West 49th.

So here are this year’s selections from our nominating committee:

Outstanding Ensemble Performances 
This year the nominators chose to bestow special ensemble awards for acting to the casts of two shows. (Therefore, individual cast members for these shows were not eligible for acting awards in the competitive categories.)
• Circle Mirror Transformation 
• The Temperamentals 
Special Awards: 
Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theatre.
• To the cast, creative team and producers of Horton Foote’s epic The Orphans' Home Cycle: "We salute the breadth of vision, which inspired the exceptional direction, performances, sets, lighting, costumes, music and sound that made it the theatrical event of this season."
• To Jerry Herman "for enchanting and dazzling audiences with his exuberant music and heartfelt lyrics for more than half a century." 
• To Godlight Theatre Company for "consistent originality and excellence in dramatizing modern literature, and especially for the vibrant theatricality of its innovative productions."
• To Ma-Yi Theater Company for "more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater."
Nominations for the competitive categories follow:
Outstanding Play: 
Alan Ayckbourn, My Wonderful Day 
Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation 
Lucinda Coxon, Happy Now? 
John Logan, Red 
Geoffrey Nauffts, Next Fall 
Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park 
Outstanding Musical: 
American Idiot 
Everyday Rapture 
The Addams Family 
The Scottsboro Boys 
Outstanding Revival of a Play: 
A View from the Bridge 
Brighton Beach Memoirs 
So Help Me God! 
The Boys in the Band 
Outstanding Revival of a Musical: 
A Little Night Music 
Finian's Rainbow 
La Cage Aux Folles 
Promises, Promises 
Outstanding Actor in a Play: 
Bill Heck, The Orphans' Home Cycle 
Jude Law, Hamlet 
Alfred Molina, Red 
Eddie Redmayne, Red 
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge 
John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones 
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane 
Outstanding Actress in a Play: 
Ayesha Antoine, My Wonderful Day 
Melissa Errico, Candida 
Anne Hathaway, Twelfth Night 
Kristen Johnston, So Help Me God! 
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still 
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family 
Outstanding Actor in a Musical: 
Brandon Victor Dixon, The Scottsboro Boys 
Douglas Hodge, La Cage Aux Folles 
Cheyenne Jackson, Finian's Rainbow 
Chad Kimball, Memphis 
Nathan Lane, The Addams Family 
Bobby Steggert, Yank! 
Outstanding Actress in a Musical: 
Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow 
Montego Glover, Memphis 
Jayne Houdyshell, Coraline 
Christiane Noll, Ragtime 
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture 
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music 
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: 
Chris Chalk, Fences 
Sean Dugan, Next Fall 
Santino Fontana, Brighton Beach Memoirs 
Adam James, The Pride 
Hamish Linklater, Twelfth Night 
Nick Westrate, The Boys in the Band 
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: 
Victoria Clark, When the Rain Stops Falling 
Viola Davis, Fences 
Xanthe Elbrick, Candida 
Mary Beth Hurt, When the Rain Stops Falling 
Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge 
Andrea Riseborough, The Pride 
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: 
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesus, La Cage Aux Folles 
Jeffry Denman, Yank! 
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian's Rainbow 
Jeremy Morse, Bloodsong of Love 
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime 
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:  
Carolee Carmello, The Addams Family 
Carrie Cimma, Lizzie Borden 
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises 
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music 
Kenita Miller, Langston in Harlem 
Terri White, Finian's Rainbow 
Outstanding Director of a Play: 
Jonathan Bank, So Help Me God! 
Jack Cummings III, The Boys in the Band 
Sam Gold, Circle Mirror Transformation 
Michael Grandage, Hamlet 
Michael Grandage, Red 
Ethan Hawke, A Lie of the Mind 
Outstanding Director of a Musical: 
Warren Carlyle, Finian's Rainbow 
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime 
Igor Goldin, Yank! 
Terry Johnson, La Cage Aux Folles 
Michael Mayer, American Idiot 
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys 
Outstanding Choreography: 
Warren Carlyle, Finian's Rainbow 
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime 
Lynne Page, La Cage Aux Folles 
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys 
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away 
Sergio Trujillo, Memphis 
Outstanding Music: 
David Bryan, Memphis 
Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 
Joe Iconis, Bloodsong of Love 
John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys 
Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family 
Joseph Zellnik, Yank! 
Outstanding Lyrics: 
Rick Crom, Newsical The Musical 
Kevin Del Aguila, Click, Clack, Moo 
John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys 
Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson, Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous! 
Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family 
David Zellnik, Yank! 
Outstanding Book of a Musical: 
Joe DiPietro, Memphis 
Joe Iconis, Bloodsong of Love 
Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture 
David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys 
Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 
David Zellnik, Yank!  
Outstanding Orchestrations: 
William David Brohn, Ragtime 
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys 
Tom Kitt, American Idiot 
Tom Kitt, Everyday Rapture 
John Oddo, All About Me 
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis 
Outstanding Musical Revue: 
Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous! 
Million Dollar Quartet 
Newsical The Musical 
Simon Green: Traveling Light 
Sondheim on Sondheim 
Outstanding Music in a Play: 
Adam Cochran, A Play on War 
Adam Cork, Red 
Gaines, A Lie of the Mind 
Philip Glass, The Bacchae 
Hem, Twelfth Night 
Branford Marsalis, Fences 
Outstanding Set Design: 
Sandra Goldmark, The Boys in the Band 
Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch & Basil Twist, The Addams Family 
Derek McLane, Ragtime 
Christopher Oram, Red 
Jay Rohloff, Underground 
Karen Tennent, Hansel and Gretel 
Outstanding Costume Design: 
Antonia Ford-Roberts & Bob Flanagan, The Emperor Jones 
Santo Loquasto, Ragtime 
Clint Ramos, So Help Me God! 
Bobby Frederick Tilley II, Lizzie Borden 
Matthew Wright, La Cage Aux Folles 
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the vibrator play 
Outstanding Lighting Design:  
Neil Austin, Hamlet 
Neil Austin, Red 
Christian M. DeAngelis, Lizzie Borden 
Maruti Evans, John Ball's In the Heat of the Night 
Natasha Katz, The Addams Family 
Dane Laffrey, The Boys in the Band 
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: 
Acme Sound Partners, Ragtime 
Jonathan Deans, La Cage Aux Folles 
Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer & Brian Ronan, Everyday Rapture 
Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys 
Scott Lehrer, Finian's Rainbow 
Brian Ronan, Promises, Promises 
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: 
Dan Bianchi & Wes Shippee, Frankenstein 
Dale Bigall, Underground
Adam Cork, Enron 
Lindsay Jones, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers 
Fitz Patton, When the Rain Stops Falling
Elizabeth Rhodes, John Ball's In the Heat of the Night 
Outstanding Solo Performance: 
Theodore Bikel, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears 
Jim Brochu, Zero Hour 
Colman Domingo, A Boy and his Soul 
Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking  
Judith Ivey, The Lady With All the Answers 
Anna Deavere Smith, Let Me Down Easy 
Unique Theatrical Experience: 
Charles L. Mee's Fêtes de la Nuit 
Hansel and Gretel 
John Tartaglia's Imaginocean 
Love, Loss, and What I Wore 
Stuffed and Unstrung 
The Provenance of Beauty 
Ragtime      9 
The Scottsboro Boys     9 
Finians’ Rainbow     8 
The Addams Family     8 
La Cage Aux Folles     7 
Memphis      7 
Red       7 
Yank!       7 
Everyday Rapture     5 
The Boys in the Band     5 
Fences      4 
Hamlet       4 
So Help Me God!     4 
A Little Night Music     3 
A View from the Bridge    3 
American Idiot      3 
Bloodsong of Love     3 
Lizzie Borden      3 
Promises, Promises     3 
Twelfth Night      3 
When the Rain Stops Falling    3 
A Lie of the Mind     2 
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson   2 
Brighton Beach Memoirs    2 
Candida      2 
Circle Mirror Transformation    2 
Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous!  2 
Hansel and Gretel     2 
John Ball's In the Heat of the Night  2 
My Wonderful Day     2 
Newsical The Musical     2 
Next Fall      2 
The Emperor Jones     2 
The Pride      2 
Underground      2 

The Drama Desk is an organization of theatre critics, writers and editors that honors excellence in all areas of New York theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and not-for-profit. It was organized in 1949 and presented its first awards in 1955. For more information visit

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