'South' takes five awards
“South Pacific” was the big winner at Sunday night’s Drama Desk Awards, with the Lincoln Center Theater revival nabbing five trophies including musical revival.
“August: Osage County” and “Passing Strange” took the kudos for new play and tuner, respectively, while play revival went to “Boeing-Boeing.”
“August” and “Strange” collected three awards each, as did the revival of “Gypsy,” which cleaned up in thesp categories, taking lead actress (Patti LuPone) as well as featured actor (Boyd Gaines) and actress (Laura Benanti).
The haul for “Pacific” included lead actor (Paulo Szot), director (Bartlett Sher), set design (Michael Yeargan) and sound (Scott Lehrer).
Leading thesp nods for plays went to Mark Rylance of “Boeing-Boeing” and Deanna Dunagan of “August.” Laurence Fishburne, who plays Thurgood Marshall in “Thurgood,” snagged an award for solo perf.
Absent from the winners’ list was “A Catered Affair,” the Harvey Fierstein-John Bucchino tuner that was the most-nommed offering of the season, picking up a dozen mentions.
Although the Desk considers Off Broadway shows eligible for its awards — Off Broadway tuner “Adding Machine” racked up nine noms this season, for instance — the majority of winners came from the Rialto. Linda Lavin won a featured actress kudo for her appearance in Lincoln Center’s Off Broadway production of “The New Century,” and the cast of the Keen Company’s “The Dining Room” received an ensemble thesping award.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, a flurry of online sniping erupted over the awards, with accusations of a coercive nom process and a Broadway bias keeping email accounts and chat boards active.
Some members publicly aired their displeasure with the way the org is run, while others expressed support for the current leadership of prexy William Wolfe and nominating committee chair Barbara Siegel.
Hosted by cast members from “[title of show],” the Off Broadway tuner soon to bow on the Rialto, the Drama Desk event was held at LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.
Complete list of winners
“August: Osage County by Tracy Letts”
Revival of a Play:
“Boeing-Boeing” by Marc Camoletti
Revival of a Musical:
“South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein”
Forbidden Broadway: “Rude Awakening”
Actor in a Play:
Mark Rylance (“Boeing-Boeing”)
Actress in a Play:
Deanna Dunagan (“August: Osage County”)
Actor in a Musical:
Paolo Szot (“South Pacific”)
Actress in a Musical:
Patti LuPone (“Gypsy”)
Featured Actor in a Play:
Conleth Hill (“The Seafarer”)
Featured Actress in a Play:
Linda Lavin (“The New Century”)
Featured Actor in a Musical:
Boyd Gaines (“Gypsy”)
Featured Actress in a Musical:
Laura Benanti (“Gypsy”)
Director of a Play:
Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”)
Director of a Musical:
Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific”)
Rob Ashford (“Cry Baby: The Musical”)
Stew and Heidi Rodewald (“Passing Strange”)
Stew (“Passing Strange”)
Book of a Musical
Douglas Carter Beane (“Xanadu”)
Jason Carr (“Sunday in the Park with George”)
Set Design of a Play:
Scott Pask (“Les Liaison Dangereuses”)
Set Design of a Musical:
Michael Yeargan (“South Pacific”)
Katrina Lindsay (“Les Liaison Dangereuses”)
Kevin Adams (“The 39 Steps”)
Scott Lehrer (“South Pacific”)
Projection and Video Design:
Timothy Bird and The Knifedge Creative Network (“Sunday in the Park with George”)
Laurence Fishburne (“Thurgood”)
Unique Theatrical Experience:
“The 39 Steps”