NEW YORK — The two “Wild Party” musicals never dueled on Broadway, but that didn’t prevent the nominating committee of the Drama Desk Awards from showing its decided preference for the Manhattan Theater Club’s version. It nabbed 13 nominations, more than any other production that opened in Gotham this theater season, to the three noms secured by the Public Theater’s “Wild Party,” now on Broadway.
Indeed, the Public Theater appeared out of favor with the Drama Desk committee this year. It took only three other noms for shows at its downtown venue. Even Suzan-Lori Parks, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize recently, did not get noticed for her play “In the Blood” at the Public.
Susan Stroman was the other big story at the Friars Club, where Susan Lucci and Tom Wopat announced the Drama Desk nominations Tuesday. Stroman took four nominations, for directing and choreographing both “Contact” and “The Music Man.” Those two shows received eight noms each.
The Drama Desk nominating committee consists of Jonathan Kalb, New York Press; David Kaufman, Daily News; Francine Russo, Village Voice; Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter; David Sheward, BackStage; Barbara Siegel, Show Business; and Robert Simonson, Playbill Online.
Awards will be presented at a ceremony May 14.