Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play

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Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Music
Awarded for Outstanding Music in a Play
Location  United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by Nico Muhly for The Glass Menagerie (2014)
Official website DramaDesk.org

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. This category was not created until the 1980 ceremony and has only been regularly awarded since 2009.

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

Winners and nominees[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Composer Production
1980
Norman L. Berman Strider
Richard Peaslee Teibele and Her Demon
Stanley Silverman Bent
1981–89 N/A

1990s[edit]

Year Composer Production
1990–91 N/A
1992
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Richard Peaslee Akin
1993
Ladysmith Black Mambazo The Song of Jacob Zulu
1994
Stephen Warbeck An Inspector Calls
Jonathan Dove Medea
Duke Ellington and Stanley Silverman Timon of Athens
1995–98 N/A
1999
Jeanine Tesori Twelfth Night
Steven Edis Not About Nightingales
Drew McVety Corpus Christi
David Van Tieghem The Turn of the Screw
Richard Woodbury Death of a Salesman

2000s[edit]

Year Composer Production
2000–01 N/A
2002
Willy Schwarz Metamorphoses
Crispin Cioe True Love
Nona Hendryx Blue
Peter John Still Cymbeline
2003–06 N/A
2007
Mark Bennett The Coast of Utopia
Adam Cork Frost/Nixon
Gerard McBurney Oliver Twist
The Propeller Company The Taming of the Shrew
Ray Rizzo, Adam Rapp and Lucas Papaelias Essential Self-Defense
David Van Tieghem Inherit the Wind
2008 N/A
2009
Dominic Kanza Ruined
Mark Bennett The Cherry Orchard
The Winter's Tale
DJ Rekha Rafta, Rafta...
Richard Woodbury Desire Under the Elms
Gary Yershon The Norman Conquests

2010s[edit]

Year Composer Production
2010
Branford Marsalis Fences
Adam Cochran A Play on War
Adam Cork Red
Shelby Gaines and Latham Gaines A Lie of the Mind
Philip Glass The Bacchae
Hem Twelfth Night
2011
Wayne Barker Peter and the Starcatcher
Kathryn Bostic Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Lars Petter Hagen Baby Universe
Alan John The Diary of a Madman
Tom Kitt The Winter's Tale
Dan Moses Schreier The Merchant of Venice
2012
Grant Olding One Man, Two Guvnors
Mark Bennett An Iliad
Richard III
Tom Kitt All's Well That Ends Well
Gina Leishman Septimus and Clarissa
Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega Carson McCullers Talks About Love
2013
Glen Kelly The Nance
César Alvarez with The Lisps The Good Person of Szechwan
Jiří Kadeřábek, Mahir Cetiz and Ana Milosavljevic Act Before You Speak: The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Eugene Ma The Man Who Laughs
Steve Martin As You Like It
Jane Wang Strange Tales of Liaozhai
2014
Nico Muhly The Glass Menagerie
Lewis Flinn The Tribute Artist
Elliot Goldenthal A Midsummer Night's Dream
Rob Kearns The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
Tom Kochan Almost, Maine
Duncan Sheik A Man's a Man

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