Last Thursday morning I found my way over to Feinstein/54 Below to hear Tony winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me) and Hamiltonstar Javier Muñoz read out the nominations for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards. The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! led the pack with ten nominations (including nods for Outstanding Revival of a Musicaland for its luminous star, Bette Midler), while the new musicals Come From Awayand Anastasia trailed closely behind with nine nominations each. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetat the Barrow Street Theatre, also was nominated in seven categories.
Notable excepts were Dear Evan Hansen, which was not in the running because of it being included in last years race. The Drama Desk nominating committee also did not consider Significant Other (0) because of it’s off-Broadway run in the 2015 – 2016 season. Indecent (2), Sweat (2), and Oslo (2) were considered for their Off Broadway runs, even though they subsequently transferred to Broadway this season. The committee determined that the book and score of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812were not sufficiently different from earlier, already eligible productions to be considered this season. However, the design, staging, and new members of the company were considered this year. The committee determined that all aspects of In Transit had been significantly reworked since its Off Broadway engagement in 2010 and thus deemed it eligible for consideration this season, although it did not score a nod in the end.
Also, in accordance with the wishes of its producers, the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George was not considered. With respect to the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard (1), the committee determined that Glenn Close’s performance and costumes were not eligible because of eligibility in an earlier season, but the other performances, direction, choreography, and design aspects were eligible.
Happy for all the women actors nominated. They all are pretty much the ones who I think will get Tony nominations. And glad for the ladies of A Doll’s House, Part 2 (2), but surprised the play wast nominated. And once again, what happened to Ride the Cyclone (0), one of my all time favorites of the season?
This year’s list included notable Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, with Park Avenue Armory’s The Hairy Ape (8), Atlantic Theater Company’s The Band’s Visit (7), andA Life (5), at Playwrights Horizons. Additionally, The Playwrights Realm’s The Wolves earned recognition for Outstanding Ensemble, while its director Lila Neugebauer is set to receive this year’s Sam Norkin Award.
The awards ceremony, hosted this year by Drama Desk winner Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar), will take place June 4 at New York’s Town Hall.
And the Nominations are:
If I Forget, by Steven Levenson, Roundabout Theatre Company
Lyndie Wright, Sarah Wright, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, St. Ann’s Warehouse
The Wolves, The Playwrights Realm: The superbly talented cast of Sarah DeLappe’s debut play -Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Lauren Patten, and Susannah Perkins-jelled as one, proving that team spirit is just a alive on the stage as it is on the soccer field.
Special Award to Phil LaDuca: Proving that character comes from the ground up, the designer’s innovative flexible dance shoe ensures that hoofers on any stage remain on point.
Sam Norkin Award: Lila Neugebauer: During a season that saw her helm the original works The Antipodes, Everybody, Miles For Mary, andThe Wolves, and resurrect the works of esteemed playwrights Edward Albee, Maria Irene Fornes, and Adrienne Kennedy in Signature Plays, director Lila Neugebauer has shown that her dauntless insight into the human condition knows no bounds.