Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical

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Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Director
Awarded for Outstanding Director of a Musical
Location  United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014)
Official website DramaDesk.org

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director being presented to directors of both plays and musicals. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Director Production
1975
Arthur Laurents Gypsy
Geoffrey Holder The Wiz
Sue Lawless In Gay Company
William Martin The Lieutenant
Joel Zwick Dance with Me
1976
Michael Bennett A Chorus Line
Jerry Adler My Fair Lady
Richard Foreman The Threepenny Opera
Gerald Freedman The Robber Bridegroom
Harold Prince Pacific Overtures
1977
Martin Charnin Annie
Gerald Freedman The Robber Bridegroom
Jack O'Brien Porgy and Bess
Gene Saks I Love My Wife
Tommy Tune The Club
1978
Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Stephen Schwartz Working
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
1979
Harold Prince Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Michael Bennett Ballroom

1980s[edit]

Year Director Production
1980
Harold Prince Evita
Walton Jones 1940's Radio Hour
Joe Layton Barnum
Gary Pearle Tintypes
1981
Wilford Leach The Pirates of Penzance
Arthur Faria Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
1982
Tommy Tune Nine
Michael Bennett Dreamgirls
Tony Tanner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1983
George Abbott On Your Toes
Howard Ashman Little Shop of Horrors
1984
James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George
A.J. Antoon The Rink
Jacques Levy Doonesbury
1986
Wilford Leach The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Andre Ernotte Goblin Market
Bob Fosse Big Deal
Sweet Charity
Paul Lazarus Personals
1987
Mike Ockrent Me and My Girl
Barry Harman Olympus on My Mind
1988
Harold Prince The Phantom of the Opera
James Lapine Into the Woods
Harold Prince Cabaret
Jerry Zaks Anything Goes

1990s[edit]

Year Director Production
1990
Tommy Tune Grand Hotel
Michael Blakemore City of Angels
James Hammerstein The Sound of Music
1991
Scott Ellis And the World Goes 'Round
A Little Night Music
Lisa Peterson The Waves
Susan H. Schulman The Secret Garden
Jerry Zaks Assassins
1992
Jerry Zaks Guys and Dolls
Gerald Gutierrez The Most Happy Fella
Mike Ockrent Crazy for You
George C. Wolfe Jelly's Last Jam
1993
Des McAnuff The Who's Tommy
Michael Leeds Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
Michael Maggio Wings
Joel Paley Ruthless!
1994
Nicholas Hytner Carousel
Graciela Daniele Hello Again
Scott Ellis She Loves Me
Andre Gilbert Ernotte Christina Alberta's Father
James Lapine Passion
1995
Harold Prince Show Boat
Christopher Ashley Das Barbecii
Michael Mayer America Dreaming
Trevor Nunn Sunset Boulevard
1996
Christopher Renshaw The King and I
Graciela Daniele Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Andre Gilbert Ernotte Bed and Sofa
Michael Greif Rent
Tina Landau Floyd Collins
George C. Wolfe Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk
1997
Walter Bobbie Chicago
Michael Blakemore The Life
Scott Ellis Steel Pier
Susan H. Schulman Violet
Mark Waldrop Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly
1998
Julie Taymor The Lion King
Scott Ellis 1776
Frank Galati Ragtime
Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall Cabaret
1999
Matthew Bourne Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Graciela Daniele A New Brain
Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking Fosse
Michael Mayer You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Harold Prince Parade

2000s[edit]

Year Director Production
2000
Michael Blakemore Kiss Me, Kate
Gabriel Barre The Wild Party
Susan Stroman Contact
The Music Man
2001
Susan Stroman The Producers
Christopher Ashley The Rocky Horror Show
Wilfredo Medina The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Jack O'Brien The Full Monty
John Rando Urinetown
Scott Schwartz Bat Boy: The Musical
2002
Michael Mayer Thoroughly Modern Millie
Nicholas Hytner Sweet Smell of Success
James Lapine Into the Woods
Trevor Nunn Oklahoma!
Scott Schwartz Tick, Tick... Boom!
George C. Wolfe Elaine Stritch: At Liberty
2003
Jack O'Brien Hairspray
James Lapine Amour
David Leveaux Nine
Baz Luhrmann La bohème
Joe Mantello A Man of No Importance
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out
2004
Joe Mantello Wicked
Jeff Calhoun Big River
Pamela Hunt The Musical of Musicals: The Musical
Joe Mantello Assassins
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town
George C. Wolfe Caroline, or Change
2005
James Lapine The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Matthew Bourne Play Without Words
Jack Cummings III The Audience
Mark Dornford-May The Mysteries
Mike Nichols Spamalot
Bartlett Sher The Light in the Piazza
2006
John Doyle Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Michael Greif Grey Gardens
Daniel Finzi Pasca Rain
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game
2007
Michael Mayer Spring Awakening
John Doyle Company
Thomas Kail In the Heights
Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde
Harold Prince LoveMusik
Alex Timbers Gutenberg! The Musical!
2008
Bartlett Sher South Pacific
Christopher Ashley Xanadu
Sam Buntrock Sunday in the Park with George
David Cromer Adding Machine
John Doyle A Catered Affair
Bob McGrath The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island
2009
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot the Musical
Walter Bobbie Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Joe Mantello 9 to 5
Jason Moore Shrek the Musical
Diane Paulus Hair
Stuart Ross Enter Laughing the Musical

2010s[edit]

Year Director Production
2010
Michael Mayer American Idiot
Warren Carlyle Finian's Rainbow
Marcia Milgrom Dodge Ragtime
Igor Goldin Yank!
Terry Johnson La Cage aux Folles
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys
2011
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker The Book of Mormon
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Joe Calarco In Transit
Jack Cummings III Hello Again
See Rock City & Other Destinations
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
2012
John Tiffany Once
Christopher Ashley Leap of Faith
Jack Cummings III Queen of the Mist
Doug Hughes Death Takes a Holiday
Kathleen Marshall Nice Work If You Can Get It
Eric Schaeffer Follies
2013
Diane Paulus Pippin
Andy Blankenbuehler Bring It On: The Musical
Rachel Chavkin Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
John Doyle Passion
Emma Rice The Wild Bride
Alex Timbers Here Lies Love
Matthew Warchus Matilda the Musical
2014
Darko Tresnjak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Sam Gold Fun Home
Michael Mayer Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Bartlett Sher The Bridges of Madison County
Susan Stroman Bullets Over Broadway The Musical
Alex Timbers Rocky the Musical

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