Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics

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Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Lyrics
Awarded for Outstanding Lyrics
Location  United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014)
Official website DramaDesk.org

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions.

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

Winners and nominees[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Lyricist Production
1969
George Haimoshn and Robin Miller Dames at Sea
Fred Ebb Zorba

1970s[edit]

Year Lyricist Production
1970
Stephen Sondheim Company
Bertolt Brecht Mahagonny
1971
Stephen Sondheim Follies
1972
John Guare Two Gentlemen of Verona
1973
Stephen Sondheim A Little Night Music
1974
Al Carmines The Faggot
1975
Charlie Smalls The Wiz
Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman and Chuck Strand The Lieutenant
Jerry Herman Mack and Mabel
Fred Silver In Gay Company
1976
Edward Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch A Chorus Line
Leonard Bernstein 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Bill Heyer and Hank Beebe Tuscaloosa's Calling Me
Stephen Sondheim Pacific Overtures
1977
Martin Charnin Annie
Alfred Uhry The Robber Bridegroom
1978
Carol Hall The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
1979
Stephen Sondheim Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Gretchen Cryer I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

1980s[edit]

Year Lyricist Production
1980
Tim Rice Evita
Steve Brown Strider
1982
Stephen Sondheim Merrily We Roll Along
Maury Yeston Nine
Tom Eyen Dreamgirls
Jim Wann Pump Boys and Dinettes
1983
Howard Ashman Little Shop of Horrors
Michael Colby Charlotte Sweet
T.S. Eliot Cats
Des McAnuff Death of Von Richthofen
1984
Stephen Sondheim Sunday in the Park with George
Jerry Herman La Cage aux Folles
Richard Maltby, Jr. Baby
Garry Trudeau Doonesbury
1985
Roger Miller Big River
Jerry Colker 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down
Ellen Fitzhugh Grind
1988
Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods
Barry Harman Romance/Romance

1990s[edit]

Year Lyricist Production
1990
David Zippel City of Angels
Richard Maltby, Jr. Closer Than Ever
Robert Wright, Maury Yeston and George Forrest Grand Hotel
1991
William Finn Falsettoland
Marsha Norman The Secret Garden
Stephen Sondheim Assassins
1992
Susan Birkenhead Jelly's Last Jam
Michael Garin, Paul Lockheart, Erik Frandsen and Robert Hipkins Song of Singapore
1993
Denis Markell and Douglas Bernstein A Backer's Audition
Joey Paley Ruthless!
Arthur Perlman Wings
David Zippel The Goodbye Girl
1994
Stephen Sondheim Passion
Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Beauty and the Beast
Michael John LaChiusa Hello Again
1995 N/A
1996
Jonathan Larson Rent
1997
Gerard Alessandrini Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Brian Crawley Violet
Mark Waldrop Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly
1998
Lynn Ahrens Ragtime
Stephen Trask Hedgwig and the Angry Inch
Susan Birkenhead Triumph of Love
1999
Gerard Alessandrini Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act
Jason Robert Brown Parade
William Finn A New Brain

2000s[edit]

Year Lyricist Production
2000
Stephen Sondheim Saturday Night
Boyd Graham The Big Bang
Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano and Gregory Qaiyum The Bomb-itty of Errors
Andrew Lippa The Wild Party
2001
Mel Brooks The Producers
Kirsten Childs The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis Urinetown
Ed Kleban A Class Act
Laurence O'Keefe Bat Boy: The Musical
David Yazbek The Full Monty
2002
Jason Robert Brown The Last Five Years
Craig Carnelia Sweet Smell of Success
Jonathan Larson Tick, Tick... BOOM!
Kevin Murphy Reefer Madness
Dick Scanlan Thoroughly Modern Millie
Ben Schatz Dragapella Starring The Kinsey Sicks
2003
Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Hairspray
Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris Zanna, Don't!
Lynn Ahrens A Man of No Importance
Craig Carnelia Imaginary Friends
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Avenue Q
Jeremy Sams and Didier van Cauwelaert Amour
2004
Stephen Schwartz Wicked
Joanne Bogart The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
Boy George Taboo
Sean Hartley Cupid and Psyche
Joel Higgins Johnny Guitar
2005
Eric Idle Monty Python's Spamalot
Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker Altar Boyz
Douglas J. Cohen Children's Letters to God
Rick Crom Newsical
William Finn The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
David Yazbek Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
2006
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison The Drowsy Chaperone
Chad Beguelin The Wedding Singer
Mark Campbell Songs from an Unmade Bed
Ryan Cunningham I Love You Because
Michael Korie Grey Gardens
Michael John LaChiusa See What I Wanna See
2007
Steven Sater Spring Awakening
Fred Ebb, John Kander and Rupert Holmes Curtains
Lin-Manuel Miranda In the Heights
Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin Legally Blonde
William Strauss, Elaina Newport and Mark Eaton Capitol Steps
Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
2008
Stew Passing Strange
Lynn Ahrens The Glorious Ones
Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein
John Bucchino A Catered Affair
Ben Katchor The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island
Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt Adding Machine
2009
Stephen Sondheim Road Show
Neil Bartram The Story of My Life
Jason Robert Brown 13
Marcy Heisler Dear Edwina
David Lindsay-Abaire Shrek the Musical
Dolly Parton 9 to 5

2010s[edit]

Year Lyricist Production
2010
John Kander and Fred Ebb The Scottsboro Boys
Rick Crom Newsical
Kevin Del Aguila Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson Fascinating Aïda
Andrew Lippa The Addams Family
David Zellnik Yank!
2011
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone The Book of Mormon
Rick Crom Newsical The Musical - Full Spin Ahead
Jack Lechner The Kid
Adam Mathias See Rock City & Other Destinations
Glenn Slater Sister Act
Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Catch Me If You Can
2012
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Once
Don Black Bonnie & Clyde
Jack Feldman Newsies
Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Michael John LaChiusa Queen of the Mist
Maury Yeston Death Takes a Holiday
2013
Tim Minchin Matilda the Musical
Amanda Green Hands on a Hardbody
Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda Bring It On: The Musical
Michael John LaChiusa Giant
Dave Malloy Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
David Rossmer and Steve Rosen The Other Josh Cohen
2014
Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin Aladdin
Jason Robert Brown The Bridges of Madison County
Michael Friedman Love's Labour's Lost
Michael Korie Far from Heaven
Lisa Kron Fun Home

Multiple Wins[edit]

10 wins
2 winns

Multiple Nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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