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 Bill Sims Jr. for Jitney (2017)
Website DramaDeskAwards.com

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]


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


Year Composer Production
1990–91 N/A
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Richard Peaslee Akin
Ladysmith Black Mambazo The Song of Jacob Zulu
Stephen Warbeck An Inspector Calls
Jonathan Dove Medea
Duke Ellington & Stanley Silverman Timon of Athens
1995–98 N/A
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


Year Composer Production
2000–01 N/A
Willy Schwarz Metamorphoses
Crispin Cioe True Love
Nona Hendryx Blue
Peter John Still Cymbeline
2003–06 N/A
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 & Lucas Papaelias Essential Self-Defense
David Van Tieghem Inherit the Wind
2008 N/A
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


Year Composer Production
Branford Marsalis Fences
Adam Cochran A Play on War
Adam Cork Red
Shelby Gaines & Latham Gaines A Lie of the Mind
Philip Glass The Bacchae
Hem Twelfth Night
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
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 & Suzanne Vega Carson McCullers Talks About Love
Glen Kelly The Nance
César Alvarez with The Lisps The Good Person of Szechwan
Jiří Kadeřábek, Mahir Cetiz & 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
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
Arthur Solari & Jane Shaw Tamburlaine the Great
Cesar Alvarez An Octoroon
Danny Blackburn and Bryce Hodgson Deliverance
Sean Cronin Kill Me Like You Mean It
Bongi Duma Generations
Freddi Price The Pigeoning
Philip Glass The Crucible
Billie Joe Armstrong These Paper Bullets!
Estelle Bajou Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Shaun Davey Pericles
Tom Kitt Cymbeline
Bill Sims Jr. Jitney
Daniel Ocanto, Graham Ulicny, & Sean Smith Alligator
Marcus Shelby Notes from the Field

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