In what’s turning into a kudo season of indecision, the Drama Desk Award winners this year included two ties handed out at a ceremony that occurred just a week after the announcement of three ties for the season’s Outer Critics Awards.
Catherine Zeta-Jones of “A Little Night Music” and Montego Glover of “Memphis” shared the trophy for lead actress in a musical, but they’re probably used to it by now. The duo also tied in the same category for the Outer Critics, an indicator of the strong support each actress commands among legit voters. The two thesps also are up for the Tony in the same category.
The other split vote at the Drama Desks came for the kudo for play revival, shared by “Fences,” currently on the boards in a production toplined by Denzel Washington, and “A View From the Bridge,” which ended its limited Rialto run earlier in the spring. Both are competing for the Tony as well.
New tuner “Memphis” walked away with the largest haul of the night, notching four awards: new musical, lead actress, music (David Bryan) and orchestration (Daryl Waters and Bryan).
“Red,” which recently picked up play laurels from the Outer Critics and the Drama League, continued to build momentum with three wins, including play, director (Michael Grandage) and lights (Neil Austin).
Also nabbing a hat trick each of honors was “La Cage aux Folles,” which scored for musical revival, lead actor in a tuner (Douglas Hodge) and costumes (Matthew Wright), and “Fences,” which added featured actress in a play (Viola Davis) and music for a play (Branford Marsalis) to its award for play revival.
A handful of creatives who won Drama Desks this year were passed over entirely by the Tony noms. Michael Mayer, who played a large part in the gestation and creation of musical “American Idiot,” scored the kudo for tuner director, although he was notably left out of the Tony race in the same category. Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch and Basil Twist, the set-design trio that didn’t make the cut for the Tony nominations, nabbed the award for the set (and puppets) of “The Addams Family.”
Santino Fontana scored featured actor in a play for his perf in “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” which shuttered too soon after opening to be considered eligible for the Tonys.
Broadway dominated the Drama Desks, for which Off Broadway productions also are eligible. Among the winners from off the Main Stem were “The Scottsboro Boys,” the Broadway-bound musical that picked up a lyrics award for John Kander and the late Fred Ebb; “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” which won for its book by Alex Timbers; and “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” which scored for unique theatrical event.
The 55th annual Drama Desk kudos were handed out in Gotham Sunday night at the F.H. La Guardia Concert Hall, in a ceremony hosted by Patti LuPone.
And the winners are:
PLAY: “Red” by John Logan
REVIVAL OF A PLAY (“A Tie”): “A View from the Bridge”
REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: “La Cage Aux Folles”
ACTOR IN A PLAY: Liev Schreiber (“A View from the Bridge”)
ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Jan Maxwell (“The Royal Family”)
ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge (“La Cage Aux Folles”)
ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: (“A Tie”) Catherine Zeta Jones (“A Little Night Music”)
Montego Glover (“Memphis”)
FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Santino Fontana (“Brighton Beach Memoirs”)
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis (“Fences”)
FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Christopher Fitzgerald (“Finian’s Rainbow”)
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Katie Finneran (“Promises, Promises”)
DIRECTOR OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage (“Red”)
DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL: Michael Mayer (“American Idiot”)
CHOREOGRAPHY: Twyla Tharp (“Come Fly Away”)
MUSIC: David Bryan (“Memphis”)
LYRICS: John Kander & Fred Ebb (“The Scottsboro Boys”)
BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Alex Timbers (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”)
ORCHESTRATIONS: Daryl Waters & David Bryan (“Memphis”)
MUSICAL REVUE: Sondheim on Sondheim
MUSIC IN A PLAY: Branford Marsalis (“Fences”)
SET DESIGN: Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch & Basil Twist (“The Addams Family”)
COSTUME DESIGN: Matthew Wright (“La Cage Aux Folles”)
LIGHTING DESIGN: Neil Austin (“Red”)
SOUND DESIGN IN A MUSICAL: Acme Sound Partners (“Ragtime”)
SOUND DESIGN IN A PLAY: Fitz Patton (“When The Rain Stops Falling”)
SOLO PERFORMANCE: Jim Brochu (“Zero Hour”)
UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”
ENSEMBLE AWARDS: “The Orphan’s Home Cycle” and “The Temperamentals”