‘Curious Incident…’ and ‘Hamilton’ win big in the 2015 Drama Desk Awards.

3765-fitandcrop-890x500Curious Incident…’ and ‘Hamilton’ win big in the 2015 Drama Desk Awards.

The big winners at last Sunday’s Drama Desk Awards were, not surprisingly, ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Curious Incident…‘ .  The off broadway darling that transferred to broadway this season, ‘Fun Home‘ was ineligible for these awards which made it difficult to use these as forecasters for the Tony’s which are happening this coming Sunday.  Will ‘Fun Home‘ be the Tony winner like it was at last years Drama Desk?  I thought I would share my thoughts on some of these winners and losers. Let me know what you think!



Outstanding Play
Clare Barron, You Got Older
Lisa D’Amour, Airline Highway
Anthony Giardina, The City of Conversation
Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy
Elizabeth Irwin, My Manãna Comes
**Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jack Thorne, Let the Right One In 

Ross says: I did love the play Let the Right One In.  It was beautiful and inventive, although I sometimes wondered what the point of the exercise was, as the movie versions were so wonderful, both the foreign language and the english language remake.  The play seemed to follow the movie so closely, making me want them to fly in the face of the movie plot points more, but I will admit, what they did was spectacularly creative and unique. But the best play in my eyes is Curious Incident.  A wonderful book, and an even more unique and inventive retelling of the tale.  And in their retelling, they made us feel what it must be like to be in his head.  That was a revelation.

Outstanding Musical
An American in Paris
Fly By Night
Pretty Filthy
Something Rotten!
The Visit

ross says: Hamilton is the most talked about summer opening of a broadway musical in as long as I can remember.  I am excited to see it, if I can ever get a ticket…..HELP ME!  That said, without Fun Home in this race because of it’s ineligibility, it was a pretty easy race to call.

Outstanding Revival of a Play
**The Elephant Man
Fashions for Men
The Iceman Cometh
Tamburlaine the Great
The Wayside Motor Inn

ross says: I only saw The Elephant Man, and I wasn’t all that moved by it, although I loved every second Patricia Clarkson was on stage. So i’m guessing there had to be a better play to win this…

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Into the Woods
**The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Side Show

ross says: Now, anyone who has been reading this blog will know, we are huge fans of Side Show, and we both were devastated that it was not given any Tony love in this years nominations, and I was hoping that it would be given that love in this award show.  But alas, we were disappointed again.  The King and I is lovely and deserving, but so is Into The Woods, which for me was much more inventive and playful.

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Reed Birney, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Bill Pullman, Sticks and Bones
**Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

ross says: I’m not going to repeat what I wrote in my Tony picks, but Alex is the man of the hour.  He deserves to be showered in awards for this performance.  Bradley Cooper, for me, did an amazing job transforming himself physically for the role in Elephant Man, I just wish he gave us a performance that was as emotional and psychologically vivid as it was physically detailed.

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Brooke Bloom, You Got Older
Kathleen Chalfant, A Walk in the Woods
Kristin Griffith, The Fatal Weakness
Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation
**Helen Mirren, The Audience
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking

ross says: Where was Ruth Wilson’s name?? Constellations was spectacular, and part of it’s perfection was Ruth Wilson (and Jake). That’s all I have to say.

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
**Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Jeremy Kushnier, Atomic
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Matthew Morrison, Finding Neverland
Ryan Silverman, Side Show 

ross says: I give my kudos to the dynamic talent’s of Robert Fairchild.  He can do no wrong, and basically, who knew?

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, John & Jen
**Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Erin Davie, Side Show
Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You
Chita Rivera, The Visit

ross says: When I first heard that Kristin won (for that fantastic performance in On the Twentieth Century), I thought, ‘What?  What about Kelli?’ but she’s not even nominated here, so I’m guessing that there is some weird eligibility rule that kept her out of the race (i’m thinking there wasn’t) like so many other great shows and performances, because if not, that is just wrong and I’m very confused. Kelli’s is the musical performance of the year, in my mind.

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
F. Murray Abraham, It’s Only a Play
Reed Birney, You Got Older
**K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Jonathan Hadary, Rocket to the Moon
Jason Butler Harner, The Village Bike
Jonathan Hogan, Pocatello
José Joaquin Perez, My Mañana Comes

ross says: My only other thought on this two category is what was F. Murray Abraham doing in this, and not Micah Stock? or Matthew Beard?  See below on my thoughts of Airline Highway.

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
**Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You

Beth Dixon, The City of Conversation
Julie Halston, You Can’t Take It with You
Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, To the Bone
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Julie White, Airline Highway

ross says: I did see Airline Highway in Chicago over the Christmas holidays, and i must say that I didn’t really like it very much.  I didn’t enjoy hanging out in the company of these people, but I didn’t get to see the magnificent Julie White play that part, and I do love her so much, that maybe that would have shifted my perception for the play in general.  But with that said, I’m thrilled that Annaiegh Ashford won.  She was inventive, unique, kooky, and perfectly convincing in this odd little role.

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
**Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Peter Friedman, Fly By Night
Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

ross says: YAY to the sexy Christian Borle.  I love Andy Karl almost as much, but nothing like Christian’s Shakespeare.

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Carolee Carmello, Finding Neverland
Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
Elizabeth A. Davis, Allegro
**Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Luba Mason, Pretty Filthy
Nancy Opel, Honeymoon in Vegas
Elizabeth Stanley, On the Town

ross says: Where are the ladies from the King and I? and my other thought is, I NEED a ticket to Hamilton.

Outstanding Director of a Play
**Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Anne Kauffman, You Got Older
Lila Neugebauer, The Wayside Motor Inn
Austin Pendleton, Between Riverside and Crazy
Joe Tantalo, Deliverance
John Tiffany, Let the Right One In

ross says: This is perfection.  A beautiful play with an outstanding cast, designed impeccably, and directed to perfection. There is nothing Curious about this.

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Carolyn Cantor, Fly By Night
Bill Condon, Side Show
John Doyle, The Visit
**Thomas Kail, Hamilton
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

ross says: I’m sorry for Bill Condon.  Side Show is still my favorite.  Now where is my ticket for Hamilton?

Outstanding Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century
Steven Hoggett, The Last Ship
Austin McCormick, Rococo Rouge
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten
**Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

ross says: I’m just glad the ugly On the Town didn’t win.  So it just makes sense, the beautiful work of Christopher Wheeldon did.

Outstanding Music
Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
Michael Friedman, The Fortress of Solitude
John Kander, The Visit
Dave Malloy, Ghost Quartet
**Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Sting, The Last Ship

Outstanding Lyrics
Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
Fred Ebb, The Visit
Michael Friedman, The Fortress of Solitude
Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!
**Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

ross says: I was hoping for a bit of love for the amazing team of Kander and Ebb, a writing team that we all will miss.

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree, Found
Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten!
Craig Lucas, An American in Paris
Terrence McNally, The Visit
**Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, & Michael Mitnick, Fly By Night

ross says: And just like Fun Home was not eligible, Hamilton will not be eligible next year.  So will the Drama Desk Awards be the foreshadowing event for next years Tony wins, like I hope it will be last year?

Outstanding Orchestrations
**Christopher Austin, An American in Paris
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Allegro
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship
Don Sebesky, Larry Blank, Jason Robert Brown, & Charlie Rosen, Honeymoon in Vegas

ross says: Well done Christopher Austin.  You did a beautiful job creating a beautiful sound for An American in Paris.

Outstanding Music in a Play
Cesar Alvarez, An Octoroon
Danny Blackburn & Bryce Hodgson, Deliverance
Sean Cronin, Kill Me Like You Mean It
Bongi Duma, Generations
Freddi Price, The Pigeoning
**Arthur Solari & Jane Shaw, Tamburlaine the Great

Outstanding Revue
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!
**Just Jim Dale
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Lonesome Traveler

Outstanding Set Design
**Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
Christine Jones, Let The Right One In
David Korins, Hamilton
Mimi Lien, An Octoroon
Scott Pask, The Visit
Daniel Zimmerman, Fashions for Men

ross says: Since Fun Home and its simplistic yet detailed design is not in this race at all, I will say that An American in Paris did such a beautiful job of giving you Paris but also giving you Paris through the eyes of a painter and an artist.  It was the most beautiful blending of scenic design and an ode to the art world and how it loves Paris.

Outstanding Costume Design
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
Andrea Varga, The Fatal Weakness
**Catherine Zuber, Gigi

ross says: I haven’t seen Wolf Hall yet, but I can’t believe that Gigi did costumes better then any of these shows.  I found her designs just like I found the scenic design, a bit too much, a bit too cluttered and noisy, and in general, not that pretty.  Although I did feel she did the two older women in the cast, the lovely Victoria Clark and the impressive Dee Hoty as Aunt Alicia, justice; beautiful and elegant.

Outstanding Lighting Design
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
**Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable & David Plater, Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2
Maruti Evans, Deliverance
Natasha Katz, The Iceman Cometh
Ben Stanton, Our Lady of Kibeho

Outstanding Projection Design
59 Productions, An American in Paris
Roger Hanna & Price Johnston, Donogoo
Darrel Maloney, Found
Peter Nigrini, Our Lady of Kibeho
**Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Austin Switser, Big Love

ross says: Naturally, I found Curious Incident… the winner in these two categories.  Without their expertise, we would never have found ourselves transported into the mind of the boy so completely.  And ditto, for Sound Design in a Play.

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Peter Hylenski, Side Show
Scott Lehrer, The King & I
Scott Lehrer & Drew Levy, Honeymoon in Vegas
Brian Ronan, The Last Ship
**Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton
Jon Weston, An American in Paris

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Nathan Davis, The Other Mozart
Ien Denio, Deliverance
**Ian Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Gareth Fry, Let the Right One In
John Gromada, Lives of the Saints
Matt Tierney, Our Lady of Kibeho

Outstanding Solo Performance
Christina Bianco, Application Pending
Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing
Tom Dugan, Wiesenthal
Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Joely Richardson, The Belle of Amherst
**Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Unique Theatrical Experience
Catch Me!
Everybody Gets Cake
The Human Symphony
**Queen of the Night
Rap Guide to Religion

full list: http://variety.com/2015/legit/news/2015-drama-desk-awards-winners-full-list-hamilton-1201509094/

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