'Curtains,' 'Blonde' and 'Utopia' also rack up noms
“LoveMusik” topped the Drama Desk Award nominations Thursday with 12. The Manhattan Theater Club production of the new tuner about German composer Kurt Weill and his muse Lotte Lenya opens May 3.“Curtains,” “Legally Blonde,” “Spring Awakening” and “The Coast of Utopia” came away with 10 mentions each. Off Broadway tuner “In the Heights” scored nine, and “Mary Poppins,” which led the Outer Critics Circle nominations earlier this week, garnered six. Drama Desk, an org of critics and writers founded in 1949 to support legit, announced nominees in 27 categories, with Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway productions all in competition. Noms for “LoveMusik,” which is in previews, include musical, book (Alfred Uhry), director (Harold Prince), actor (Michael Cerveris), actress (Donna Murphy) and supporting thesp (David Pittu). Other productions in the tuner category are “Curtains,” “In the Heights,” “Legally Blonde” (which was almost entirely snubbed by the Outer Critics Circle), “Poppins” and “Spring Awakening.” “Curtains,” “Blonde” and “Spring Awakening” are all in the running with “LoveMusik” for tuner, music, lyrics and book kudos. Play nominees are Broadway offerings “Frost/Nixon,” “Coast of Utopia” and “Radio Golf,” along with Off Broadway contenders “Blackbird,” “Some Men” and “The Accomplices.” Dissed again is Joan Didion’s Rialto adaptation of her memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking,” also passed over by the Outer Critics. Show’s star, Vanessa Redgrave, is up for solo perf. Besides the play award, “Coast,” Tom Stoppard’s three-play epic that was the top-nommed nonmusical at the Drama Desks, took noms for director (Jack O’Brien), music for a play (Mark Bennett), set (Bob Crowley and Scott Pask), actor (Brian F. O’Byrne), supporting actor (Billy Crudup) and actress (Martha Plimpton). Musical revivals in the running are Broadway’s “110 in the Shade,” “The Apple Tree,” “Company” and “Les Miserables,” plus Off Broadway’s “Di Yam Gazlonim!” (a Yiddish version of “The Pirates of Penzance”) and “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Play revivals are Off Broadway productions of “The Hairy Ape,” “Hedda Gabler,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Woyzeck,” plus Rialto fare “Journey’s End” and “Talk Radio.” The Drama Desk’s picks for lead actor in a play — a category sure to be hotly contested come Tony time — includes five thesps eligible for Tony consideration: O’Byrne (“Coast”), Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”), Christopher Plummer (“Inherit the Wind”), Liev Schreiber (“Talk Radio”) and Kevin Spacey (“A Moon for the Misbegotten”). In the mix from Off Broadway are Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Jack Goes Boating”) and Paul Sparks (“Essential Self-Defense”). This season’s Broadway transfers of “Grey Gardens” and “The Little Dog Laughed” were not eligible this year, since their Off Broadway incarnations were considered last season. “Deuce,” the new Terrence McNally play starring Angela Lansbury and opening on the Rialto May 6, did not invite nominators and will be eligible next season. Also announced Thursday were ensemble acting honors, which will go to the casts of Off Broadway shows “In the Heights” and “Lebensraum,” plus special awards to composer-lyricist team John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, thesp-helmer-scribe Austin Pendleton, Off Broadway troupe Transport Group and the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. Beth Leavel (“The Drowsy Chaperone”) and James Naughton (“Chicago”) announced the nominations at the Friars Club in Gotham. Awards will be presented May 20 at a ceremony at the F.H. La Guardia Concert Hall.