The 2022 Drama Desk WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 66th Annual DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS and WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced on June 6th, 2022.

This year’s Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant (234 W 44th Street) on June 14th from 3:00 – 6:00pm. The full list of winners is now available at the website www.DramaDeskAwards.com, and below notated by a trophy symbol.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, the nominations for the 2022 Drama Desk Awards were announced today by George Takei on NY1, with the musicals; Six, Kimberly Akimbo, and the revival of Company leading the way. The most nominated new plays were Second Stage Theater’s Clyde’s, Atlantic Theater Company’s English, and Public Theater’s The Chinese Lady.

In keeping with the Drama Desk‘s mission, the nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway during the 2021-2022 New York theater season, which the Drama Desk determined ended as of May 1, 2022. Only live performances were eligible – if performances were also available for streaming, 21 or more unique live performances were required. 

The Drama Desk Awards are produced by Tony Award winner Scott Mauro/Scott Mauro Entertainment and the show is being written by six-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch.

Brittney Mack (Anna of Cleves, center) with (l-r) Anna Uzele (Catherine Parr), Abby Mueller (Jane Seymour), Andrea Macasaet (Anne Boleyn), & Adrianna Hicks (Catherine of Aragon) in Six. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus ©

Here is the list of the 2022 Drama Desk Award Nominations:

Outstanding Play

Cullud Wattah, by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, The Public Theater

English, by Sanaz Toossi, Atlantic Theater Company

🏆 Prayer for the French Republic, by Joshua Harmon, Manhattan Theatre Club

Sanctuary City, by Martyna Majok, New York Theatre Workshop

Selling Kabul, by Sylvia Khoury, Playwrights Horizons

The Chinese Lady, by Lloyd Suh, The Public Theater

Outstanding Musical

Harmony, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

🏆 Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

Six

The Hang, HERE

Outstanding Revival of a Play

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

🏆 How I Learned to Drive, Manhattan Theatre Club

Lackawanna Blues, Manhattan Theatre Club

Skeleton Crew, Manhattan Theatre Club

Trouble in Mind, Roundabout Theatre Company

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Signature Theatre

Ethan Slater, Tavi Gevinson, Katrina Yaukey, Judy Kuhn, Will Swenson, Brandon Uranowitz, Andy Grotelueschen, Whit K. Lee, Adam Chanler-Berat, Wesley Taylor, Brad Giovenine and Steven Pasquale in Assassins at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

AssassinsClassic Stage Company

Baby, Out of the Box Theatrics

Caroline, or Change, Roundabout Theatre Company

🏆 Company

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Brandon J. Dirden, Skeleton Crew, Manhattan Theatre Club

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out, Second Stage Theater

Jacob Ming-Trent, Merry Wives, The Public Theater (Free Shakespeare in the Park)

🏆 Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues, Manhattan Theatre Club

John Douglas Thompson, The Merchant of Venice, Theatre for a New Audience

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Tala Ashe, English, Atlantic Theater Company

Ruth Negga, Macbeth

Andrea Patterson, Cullud Wattah, The Public Theater

🏆 Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew, Manhattan Theatre Club

Shannon Tyo, The Chinese Lady, The Public Theater

Michelle Wilson, Confederates, Signature Theatre

Jason Veasey (Thought 5)James Jackson, Jr. (Thought 2)Jaquel Spivey(Usher)L Morgan Lee(Thought 1)Antwayn Hopper(Thought 6) in Broadway’s A STRANGE LOOP. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night

Myles Frost, MJ

Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire

🏆 Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop

Chip Zien, Harmony, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Kearstin Piper Brown, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

Sharon D. Clarke, Caroline, or Change, Roundabout Theatre Company

Jeanna de Waal, Diana

🏆 Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Joshua Boone, Skeleton Crew, Manhattan Theatre Club

Chuck Cooper, Trouble in Mind, Roundabout Theatre Company

Daniel K. Isaac, The Chinese Lady, The Public Theater

Billy Eugene Jones, On Sugarland, New York Theatre Workshop

🏆 Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s, Second Stage Theater

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

🏆 Francis Benhamou, Prayer for the French Republic, Manhattan Theatre Club

Stephanie Berry, On Sugarland, New York Theatre Workshop

Sonnie Brown, what you are now, Ensemble Studio Theatre

Page Leong, Out of Time, NAATCO and The Public Theater

Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Kara Young, Clyde’s, Second Stage Theater

The cast of Kimberly Akimbo: (l-r) Bonnie Milligan (Debra), Olivia Elease Hardy (Delia), Fernell Hogan II (Martin), Michael Iskander (Aaron), Nina White (Teresa), Victoria Clark (Kimberly), Justin Cooley (Seth), Stephen Boyer (Buddy) and Alli Mauzey (Pattie) in Atlantic Theater Company’s Kimberly Akimbo. Photo by Ahron R. Foster.

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Justin Austin, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

🏆 Matt Doyle, Company

Jared Grimes, Funny Girl

Tavon Olds-Sample, MJ

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Judy Kuhn, Assassins, Classic Stage Company

Tamika Lawrence, Black No More, The New Group

🏆 Patti LuPone, Company

Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

Jennifer Simard, Company

Katrina Lenk (center) and the company of Company on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Outstanding Director of a Play

Knud Adams, English, Atlantic Theater Company

Saheem Ali, Merry Wives, The Public Theater (Free Shakespeare in the Park)

🏆 Rebecca Frecknall, Sanctuary City, New York Theatre Workshop

Taibi Magar, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Signature Theatre

Whitney White, On Sugarland, New York Theatre Workshop

Outstanding Director of a Musical

John Doyle, Assassins, Classic Stage Company

 🏆 Marianne Elliott, Company

Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, Six

Bartlett Sher, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company 

Beanie Feldstein (Fanny Brice), Jared Grimes (Eddie Ryan ), and the cast of Funny Girl. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Choreography

Ayodele Casel (tap choreography), Funny Girl

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Six

🏆 Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman, and Jason Oremus (Irish + Hammerstep), Gelan Lambert and Chloe Davis (associates), Paradise Square

Liam Steel, Company

Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Balderrama (associate), Rich + Tone Taleuega (Michael Jackson movement), MJ 

Outstanding Music

🏆 Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six

Jason Howland, Paradise Square

Matt Ray, The Hang, HERE

Carrie Rodriguez, ¡Americano!

Jeanine Tesori, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Lyrics 

Amanda Green, Mr. Saturday Night

Taylor Mac, The Hang, HERE

🏆 Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six

David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

Shaina Taub, Suffs, The Public Theater

Phillipa Soo (foreground) in the world premiere musical Suffs, with book, music, and lyrics by Shaina Taub, music direction and music supervision by Andrea Grody, choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, and direction by Leigh Silverman at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Outstanding Book of a Musical 

Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel, Mr. Saturday Night

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six

Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

🏆 Bruce Sussman, Harmony, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Outstanding Orchestrations

Tom Curran, Six

Greg Jarrett, Assassins, Classic Stage Company

Mark Hartman and Yasuhiko Fukuoka, The Streets of New York, Irish Repertory Theatre 

🏆 Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, MJ

Outstanding Music in a Play

Te’La and Kamauu, Thoughts of a Colored Man

🏆 Bill Sims Jr., Lackawanna Blues, Manhattan Theatre Club

Michael Thurber and Farai Malianga (drum compositions), Merry Wives, The Public Theater (Free Shakespeare in the Park)

Tala Ashe (Elham), Pooya Mohseni (Roya), Marjan Neshat (Marjan), Hadi Tabbal (Omid), and Ava Lalezarzadeh (Goli) in the Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere production of EnglishPhoto Credit: Ahron R. Foster.

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Merry Wives, The Public Theater (Free Shakespeare in the Park)

Wilson Chin, Pass Over

Marsha Ginsberg, English, Atlantic Theater Company

🏆 Takeshi Kata, Clyde’s, Second Stage Theater

Junghyun Georgia Lee, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, New York Theatre Workshop

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical 

Emma Bailey, Six

🏆 Beowulf Boritt, Flying Over Sunset, Lincoln Center Theater

Bunny Christie, Company

David Zinn, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Linda Cho, The Chinese Lady, The Public Theater

Gregory Gale, Fairycakes

Tilly Grimes, The Alchemist, Red Bull Theater

Qween Jean, On Sugarland, New York Theatre Workshop

🏆 Jennifer Moeller, Clyde’s, Second Stage Theater

Kearstin Piper Brown and Naomi Louisa O’Connell in Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical 

Machine Dazzle, The Hang, HERE

Susan Hilferty, Funny Girl

Santo Loquasto, The Music Man

🏆 Gabriella Slade, Six

Catherine Zuber, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (TIE)

🏆 Christopher Akerlind, Clyde’s, Second Stage Theater

Reza Behjat, English, Atlantic Theater Company

Isabella Byrd, Sanctuary City, New York Theatre Workshop

🏆 Amith Chandrashaker, Prayer for the French Republic, Manhattan Theatre Club

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Cullud Wattah, The Public Theater

Andrea Patterson, Lizan Mitchell, and Crystal Dickinson in cullud wattah at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (TIE)

Natasha Katz, Diana

🏆 Natasha Katz, MJ

🏆 Bradley King, Flying Over Sunset, Lincoln Center Theater

Jennifer Tipton, Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center Theater

Outstanding Projection Design

🏆 59 Productions, Flying Over Sunset, Lincoln Center Theater

David Bengali, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Signature Theatre

Stephania Bulbarella and Alex Basco Koch, Space Dogs, MCC Theater

Shawn Duan, The Chinese Lady, The Public Theater

Sven Ortel, Thoughts of a Colored Man

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play

Tyler Kieffer, Seven Deadly Sins, Tectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live

Hidenori Nakajo and Ryan Rumery, Autumn Royal, Irish Repertory Theatre

🏆 Ben and Max Ringham, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Jamie Lloyd Company at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Mikaal Sulaiman, Sanctuary City, New York Theatre Workshop

Lee Kinney, Selling Kabul, Playwrights Horizons

Jasai Chase-Owens and Sharlene Cruz in Sanctuary City, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Photo: Joan Marcus

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company

Paul Gatehouse, Six

Kai Harada, Kimberly Akimbo, Atlantic Theater Company

🏆 Gareth Owen, MJ

Outstanding Wig and Hair

Matthew B. Armentrout, Paradise Square

🏆 David Brian Brown, Mrs. Doubtfire

Paul Huntley, Diana

Charles G. LaPointe, MJ

Jake Ryan Flynn (Christopher Hillard), Analise Scarpaci (Lydia Hillard), Rob McClure (Daniel Hillard as Euphegenia Doubtfire) and Avery Sell (Natalie Hillard) in Mrs. Doubtfire. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Solo Performance

Alex Edelman, Just for Us,  Cherry Lane Theatre

Arturo Luís Soria, Ni Mi Madre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

🏆 Kristina Wong, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, New York Theatre Workshop

Unique Theatrical Experience

Seven Deadly Sins, Tectonic Theater Project & Madison Wells Live

Outstanding Adaptation 

🏆 Merry Wives, by Jocelyn Bioh, The Public Theater (Free Shakespeare in the Park)

The Alchemist, by Jeffrey Hatcher, Red Bull Theater

Outstanding Puppet Design

Amanda Villalobos, Wolf Play, Soho Rep.

🏆 James Ortiz, The Skin of Our Teeth, Lincoln Center Theater

Rockefeller Productions, Winnie the Pooh, The Hundred Acre Theatre 

Harold S. Prince Lifetime Achievement Award:

🏆 In four decades as a playwright, novelist, actor, and director, Alice Childress (1912-1994) challenged racism with engrossing stories and memorable characters. When a New York producer demanded revisions to soften the impact of Trouble in Mind, after an initial run Off-Broadway and prior to its Broadway debut, Childress withdrew the script. Sixty-five years later, the Drama Desk celebrates the long-delayed Broadway premiere of this timeless masterpiece and salutes Childress as a towering figure in contemporary theater history.

Ensemble Award:

🏆 In Six, Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Brittney Mack, Abby Mueller, Samantha Pauly, and Anna Uzele bring to musical life the women who married England’s King Henry VIII. The fanciful result is a buoyant dramatization of their individually purposeful and collectively empowering journeys.

The Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award:

🏆 This season, as a woman hiding her brother from the Taliban in Sylvia Khoury’s Selling Kabul and an English instructor straddling two very different cultures in Sanaz Toossi’s EnglishMarjan Neshat embodied disparate characters so fully that it was hard to recognize the single actor in the two roles. Whether in drama or comedy, Neshat mines the playwright’s text for a vast panoply of emotions that yield vivid, intricate portrayals of the parts she undertakes.

Alyssa May Gold, David Morse, Mary-Louise Parker, Johanna Day, and Chris Myers in How I Learned to Drive at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Photo by Jeremy Daniel (2022)

Additional Special Awards:

🏆 Dede Ayite seems to have costumed half the actors of this theater season with her designs for Merry WivesSeven Deadly SinsThe Last of the Love LettersChicken and BiscuitsSlave PlayNollywood DreamsAmerican Buffalo, and How I Learned to Drive. Whether dressing working-class Marylanders of the 1960s, amateur criminals of the 1970s, or West African immigrants in today’s Harlem, Ayite has a knack for conveying characters’ means, values, and aspirations before the actors utter a word.

🏆 Adam Rigg enhanced storytelling through wildly varying scenic designs this season including: a house in wood, shadow, and reflective glass that draws the audience into the Flint, Michigan water crisis in Cullud Wattah; a community cul-de-sac where trauma and history are celebrated in On Sugarland; and the falling walls, flower-covered hillsides, and functional seaside fun ride of The Skin of Our Teeth.

🏆 With the category-defying Oratorio for Living Things, Heather Christian aims to encompass all human existence in a single inventive and startlingly beautiful work. In times of pandemic, war, and social upheaval, Christian’s work (directed by Lee Sunday Evans and brought to life by a superb cast and creative team) is an awe-inspiring reminder that, even in the darkest times, there will always be artistic peaks to scale.

Joshua Boone, Brandon J. Dirden, Phylicia Rashad, and Chanté Adams in MTC’s Skeleton Crew. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Productions with multiple nominations:

Six: 10; Kimberly Akimbo: 9; Company: 8; Intimate Apparel: 8; MJ: 7; Clyde’s: 5; English: 5; Merry Wives: 5; The Chinese Lady: 5; Assassins: 4; On Sugarland: 4; Paradise Square: 4; Sanctuary City: 4; Skeleton Crew: 4; The Hang: 4; Cullud Wattah: 3; Diana: The Musical: 3; Flying Over Sunset: 3; Funny Girl: 3; Harmony: 3; Lackawanna Blues: 3; Mr. Saturday Night: 3; Prayer For the French Republic: 3; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992: 3; Caroline, Or Change: 2; for colored girls who considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf: 2; Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord: 2; Mrs. Doubtfire: 2; Selling Kabul: 2; Seven Deadly Sins: 2; The Alchemist: 2; Thoughts of a Colored Man: 2; Trouble in Mind: 2

Nasia Thomas, Kevin S. McAllister, Harper Miles, Sharon D Clarke in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Caroline, or Change. 2021. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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