High-fives for Shanley, 'Piazza'
Continuing its awards sweep, John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” was named best new play Sunday at the 50th annual Drama Desk Awards. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” also appears to be on a roll, adding another musical trophy to its collection.
In a tough category, “Twelve Angry Men” took revival of a play; “La Cage aux Folles” won the musical revival prize.
The Pulitzer-winning “Doubt” and Lincoln Center Theater’s “The Light in the Piazza” took home five awards apiece. “Doubt” won for director Doug Hughes as well as three of its four cast members: Brian F. O’Byrne (actor), Cherry Jones (actress) and Adriane Lenox (featured actress).
“Piazza” received awards for music (Adam Guettel) and orchestrations (Ted Sperling, Guettel and Bruce Coughlin). The lyrics trophy went to “Spamalot’s” Eric Idle, while Rachel Sheinkin won for book of a musical for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
“Piazza’s” Victoria Clark drew actress in a musical honors. Tuner also took two tech awards, for lighting (Christopher Akerlind) and musical set design (Michael Yeargan).
The casts of play “Glengarry Glen Ross” and musical “Spelling Bee” received the acting ensemble awards.
Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” took the solo performance prize. “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit” was voted a Drama Desk Award for revue, while “Slava’s Snowshow” won the Unique Theatrical Experience award.
Among the special awards presented were a lifetime achievement award to thesp Julie Harris; an award honoring Off Broadway’s Keen Company “for moving and enlightening audiences with plays that build upon our theatrical heritage”; and, to celebrate the 50th anni of the Drama Desk Awards, an award to the Public Theater, also marking its 50th year.
Harvey Fierstein hosted Sunday’s awards ceremony in Gotham. The Drama Desk, whose awards are voted for by more than 140 theater critics, reporters and editors, is the only theater org that honors Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and not-for-profit theater productions equally in multiple categories.
New Play: “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley
New Musical: “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
Revival of a play: “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose
Revival of a musical: “La Cage aux Folles”
Revue: “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit”
Actor, play: Brian F. O’Byrne, “Doubt”
Actress, play: Cherry Jones, “Doubt”
Actor, musical: Norbert Leo Butz, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
Actress, musical: Victoria Clark, “The Light in the Piazza”
Featured actor, play: Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Pillowman”
Featured actress, play: Adriane Lenox, “Doubt”
Featured actor, musical: Denis O’Hare, “Sweet Charity”
Featured actress, musical: Jan Maxwell, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
Director, play: Doug Hughes, “Doubt”
Director, musical: James Lapine, “The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee”
Choreography: Jerry Mitchell, “La Cage aux Folles”
Book of a musical: Rachel Sheinkin, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Music: Adam Guettel, “The Light in the Piazza”
Lyrics: Eric Idle, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
Orchestrations: Ted Sperling, Adam Guettel, Bruce Coughlin, “The Light in the Piazza”
Set design, play: Santo Loquasto, “Glengarry Glen Ross”
Set design, musical: Michael Yeargan, “The Light in the Piazza”
Costume design: Tim Hatley, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
Lighting design: Christopher Akerlind, “The Light in the Piazza”
Sound design: Paul Arditti, “The Pillowman”
Solo performance: Billy Crystal, “700 Sundays”
Unique theatrical experience: “Slava’s Snowshow”