Play feted at Drama Desk Awards
NEW YORK — With six wins, “Kiss Me, Kate” was the big news at the 45th annual Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, even if half of the revival’s winners were not in attendance at the Fiorello La Guardia auditorium, across from Lincoln Center.Producer Roger Berlind accepted so many awards for no-show “Kate” creatives that when the show got the best tuner revival nod, his thank-you speech was necessarily redundant. A moment later, Berlind received a big laugh when he introduced himself with a sheepish “Hi!” and accepted the best play award for Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen,” which he produced with six others legit honchos who presumably decided to watch the show at home via NY1, which broadcast the ceremony locally. Awards were presented in the following categories: Play: Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen” Musical: “Contact” Revival of a play: Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” Revival of a musical: “Kiss Me, Kate” Actress in a play: Eileen Heckart, “The Waverly Gallery” Actor in a play: Stephen Dillane, “The Real Thing” Actress in a musical: Heather Headley, “Aida” Actor in a musical: Brian Stokes Mitchell, “Kiss Me, Kate” Featured actress in a play: Marylouise Burke, “Fuddy Meers” Featured actor in a play: Roy Dotrice, “A Moon for the Misbegotten” Featured actress in a musical: Karen Ziemba, “Contact” Featured actor in a musical: Stephen Spinella, “James Joyce’s The Dead” Director of a play: Michael Blakemore, “Copenhagen” Director of a musical: Michael Blakemore, “Kiss Me, Kate” Choreographer: Susan Stroman, “Contact” Orchestrator: Don Sebesky, “Kiss Me, Kate” Composer: Andrew Lippa, “The Wild Party” (Manhattan Theater Club) Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim, “Saturday Night” Solo performance: Barry Humphries, “Dame Edna — The Royal Tour” Unique theatrical experience: “Charlie Victor Romeo” Sound designer: Jamie Mereness, “Charlie Victor Romeo” Lighting designer: Peter Kaczorowski, “Contact” Costume designer: Martin Pakledinaz, “Kiss Me, Kate” Set designer of a play: David Gallo, “Jitney” Set designer of a musical: Robin Wagner, “Kiss Me, Kate”
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