Drama Desk Award
|Drama Desk Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in theatre|
|Presented by||Drama Desk|
The Drama Desk Awards are presented annually, since 1955, to recognize the excellence of New York theater productions regardless if they are on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or Off-Off-Broadway, although Broadway productions were excluded until the 1968–1969 award season. They are considered a significant American theater industry distinction.
The Drama Desk organization was formed in 1949 by a group of New York theater critics, editors, reporters and publishers, in order to make the public aware of the vital issues concerning the theatrical industry. They debuted the presentations of the Vernon Rice Awards I. The name honors the New York Post critic Vernon Rice, who had pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press. The name was changed for the 1963–1964 awards season to the Drama Desk Awards.  In 1974, the Drama Desk became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. In 1975, the Drama Desk began to announcement of winners included the nominees as well.
The Drama Desk has more than 140 in its composition of theatre critics, reporters and editors who vote on the awards.
All of the Drama Desk officers and Nominating Committee members perform their various services for the organization on a voluntary basis. The Nominating Committee generally meets twice a month to discuss the many eligible shows members are responsible for seeing. They then nominate the productions on which the entire membership will vote. What sets the organization apart is that the awards are voted on "by media people only without any vested interests in the results," according to the organization.
Over the last 36 years, the Drama Desk Awards have contributed to the ongoing success of major stars, playwrights and designers, while also identifying newcomers. The Drama Desk was the first New York theater organization to give awards to talents such as Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein and George C. Scott. Plays like Driving Miss Daisy, Other People's Money, Steel Magnolias and The Boys in the Band built momentum with the help of Drama Desk wins.
|Year||President||Drama Desk chairperson of the Nominating Committee||executive producer||Remarks|
|2011||Isa Goldberg||Barbara Siegel||Robert R. Blume|
In keeping with its original mission, the organization sponsors guest panel luncheons with theater professionals. Panels address topics of current interest: covering the season on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway, with the aim of prompting informative and stimulating discussion.
|Award Season||Nominations Announced Date||Host(s)||Location||Awards ceremony||Location||Host(s)||Outcome||Remarks|
|2009-2010||May 3, 2010||
May 23, 2010
|LaGuardia Concert Hall||Patti LuPone|
|2010–2011||April 29, 2011||Audra McDonald and Liev Schreiber||May 23, 2011||Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, New York City||Harvey Fierstein||The revival of Follies received ten nominations and Death Takes a Holiday received eleven nominations. The musicals The Book of Mormon and the revival of Anything Goes, received 12 and 10 nominations respectively, the most of any shows.|
|2011–2012||April 27, 2012||Donna Murphy and Brian d'Arcy James||June 3, 2012||The Town Hall, New York City||Brooke Shields and Brian d'Arcy James|
|2012–2013 season||April 29, 2013||Linda Lavin and John Lloyd Young||May 19, 2013||The Town Hall (New York City)||Two musicals, Giant and Hands on a Hardbody each received nine nominations. A special ensemble award was given to the cast of Working: A Musical. |
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Actress in a Play|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Actress in a Musical|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Actor in a Play|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Actor in a Musical|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical|
|Performance Categories||Outstanding Solo Performance|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Revival of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Director of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Book of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Music|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Lyrics|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Orchestrations|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Choreography|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Set Design of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Play|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Revival of a Play|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Director of a Play|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Music in a Play|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Costume Design of a Play|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play|
|Show and technical categories||Outstanding Sound Design of a Play|
|Special and retired awards||Outstanding Director|
|Special and retired awards||Outstanding Revival|
|Special and retired awards||Unique Theatrical Experience|
|Special and retired awards||Outstanding Revue|
|Special and retired awards||Outstanding Projection Design|
|Special and retired awards||Drama Desk Special Award|
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- "Baylor's Traveling Lady Production Receives Drama Desk Nomination", Baylor University, April 28, 2006. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- "A Brief Hisory Of The Drama Desk Awards". DramaDesk. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
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- Riedel, Michael. "Backstage brouhaha at the Drama Desk Awards", Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2009
- "Utopia sweeps Drama Desk Awards" Variety, May 20, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- "Bernadette Peters Drama Desk Awards and Nominations" dramadesk.org, accessed May 19, 2013
- Gans, Andrew."Isa Goldberg Succeeds William Wolf As Drama Desk President; Awards Set for May 2011" playbill.com, November 22, 2010
- Lefkowitz, David. "Honor Role(s)", Theatre News Online. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
- Gans, Andrew."Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced; Ragtime and Scottsboro Top List" playbill.com, May 3, 2010
- Gans, Andrew."Red, Memphis, Bridge, Fences and La Cage Win Drama Desk Awards" playbill.com, May 23, 2010
- name=special>Gans, Andrew.; "56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations" playbill.com, The awards ceremony was televised on the Ovation network.
- Jones, Kenneth."Drama Desk Awards Go to 'Book of Mormon', 'Normal Heart', 'War Horse', Sutton Foster, Norbert Leo Butz" playbill.com, May 23, 2011.
- Gans, Andrew. "'Once', 'Tribes', 'Follies', 'Salesman', Audra McDonald, Danny Burstein and More Are Drama Desk Winners" playbill.com, June 3, 2012
- Hetrick, Adam and Gans, Andrew. Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, Pippin, Matilda, Vanya and Sonia Win Drama Desk Awards" playbill.com, May 19, 2013
- Gans, Andrew. Nominations Announced for 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards; Giant and Hands on a Hardbody Lead the Pack" playbill.com, April 29, 2013