'Addams,' 'Rainbow' nab eight nods each

Defunct Broadway tuner “Ragtime” and Off Broadway musical “The Scottsboro Boys” topped the list of nominations for the 2010 Drama Desk Awards with nine noms apiece.

“The Addams Family” and “Finian’s Rainbow” — another shuttered Broadway revival, like “Ragtime” — picked up eight each, while Broadway’s “La Cage aux Folles,” “Memphis” and “Red” and Off Broadway’s “Yank!” notched seven each.

Top musical race for the Drama Desks, which consider Broadway and Off Broadway productions in the same award categories, includes “Scottsboro,” “Memphis,” “Addams” and “Yank!” as well as “American Idiot” (three noms) and “Everyday Rapture” (five nods).

The current Broadway staging of “Fela!” was not eligible this year because it was considered last season in its original Off Broadway incarnation.

In the top play category, “Red” and “Next Fall” come from the Main Stem, while “My Wonderful Day,” “Circle Mirror Transformation,” “Happy Now?” and “Clybourne Park” were drawn from Off Broadway.

Drama Desk nominators also awarded a handful of special kudos, including ensemble acting honors to the casts of “Circle Mirror Transformation” and “The Temperamentals” and a laurel to the cast, creative team and producers of Horton Foote marathon “The Orphan’s Home Cycle.”

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES
This year the nominators chose to bestow special ensemble awards for acting to the casts of two shows. (Therefore, individual cast members for these shows were not eligible for acting awards in the competitive categories.)
- Circle Mirror Transformation
- The Temperamentals

SPECIAL AWARDS:
Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theater.
- To the cast, creative team and producers of Horton Foote’s epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle: “We salute the breadth of vision, which inspired the exceptional direction, performances, sets, lighting, costumes, music and sound that made it the theatrical event of this season.”
- To Jerry Herman “for enchanting and dazzling audiences with his exuberant music and heartfelt lyrics for more than half a century.”
- To Godlight Theater Company for “consistent originality and excellence in dramatizing modern literature, and especially for the vibrant theatricality of its innovative productions.”
- To Ma-Yi Theater Company for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.”

NOMINATIONS FOR THE COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES:
OUTSTANDING PLAY:
Alan Ayckbourn, My Wonderful Day
Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation Lucinda Coxon, Happy Now?
John Logan, Red
Geoffrey Nauffts, Next Fall
Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL:
American Idiot
Everyday Rapture
Memphis
The Addams Family
The Scottsboro Boys
Yank!

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY:
A View from the Bridge
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Fences
Hamlet
So Help Me God!
The Boys in the Band

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL:
A Little Night Music
Finian’s Rainbow
La Cage Aux Folles
Promises, Promises
Ragtime

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY:
Bill Heck, The Orphans’ Home Cycle
Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Eddie Redmayne, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY:
Ayesha Antoine, My Wonderful Day
Melissa Errico, Candida
Anne Hathaway, Twelfth Night
Kristen Johnston, So Help Me God!
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Brandon Victor Dixon, The Scottsboro Boys Douglas Hodge, La Cage Aux Folles Cheyenne Jackson, Finian’s Rainbow Chad Kimball, Memphis Nathan Lane, The Addams Family Bobby Steggert, Yank!

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Jayne Houdyshell, Coraline
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY:
Chris Chalk, Fences
Sean Dugan, Next Fall
Santino Fontana, Brighton Beach Memoirs Adam James, The Pride Hamish Linklater, Twelfth Night Nick Westrate, The Boys in the Band

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY:
Victoria Clark, When the Rain Stops Falling Viola Davis, Fences Xanthe Elbrick, Candida Mary Beth Hurt, When the Rain Stops Falling Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge Andrea Riseborough, The Pride

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesus, La Cage Aux Folles
Jeffry Denman, Yank!
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow Jeremy Morse, Bloodsong of Love Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Carolee Carmello, The Addams Family
Carrie Cimma, Lizzie Borden
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Kenita Miller, Langston in Harlem
Terri White, Finian’s Rainbow

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY:
Jonathan Bank, So Help Me God!
Jack Cummings III, The Boys in the Band Sam Gold, Circle Mirror Transformation Michael Grandage, Hamlet Michael Grandage, Red Ethan Hawke, A Lie of the Mind

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:
Warren Carlyle, Finian’s Rainbow
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Igor Goldin, Yank!
Terry Johnson, La Cage Aux Folles
Michael Mayer, American Idiot
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY:
Warren Carlyle, Finian’s Rainbow
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Lynne Page, La Cage Aux Folles
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away
Sergio Trujillo, Memphis

OUTSTANDING MUSIC:
David Bryan, Memphis
Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Joe Iconis, Bloodsong of Love John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family Joseph Zellnik, Yank!

OUTSTANDING LYRICS:
Rick Crom, Newsical The Musical
Kevin Del Aguila, Click, Clack, Moo
John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson, Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous!
Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family
David Zellnik, Yank!

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL:
Joe DiPietro, Memphis
Joe Iconis, Bloodsong of Love
Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson David Zellnik, Yank!

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS:
William David Brohn, Ragtime
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
Tom Kitt, American Idiot
Tom Kitt, Everyday Rapture
John Oddo, All About Me
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL REVUE:
Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous!
Million Dollar Quartet
Newsical The Musical
Simon Green: Traveling Light
Sondheim on Sondheim

OUTSTANDING MUSIC IN A PLAY:
Adam Cochran, A Play on War
Adam Cork, Red
Gaines, A Lie of the Mind
Philip Glass, The Bacchae
Hem, Twelfth Night
Branford Marsalis, Fences

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN:
Sandra Goldmark, The Boys in the Band
Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch & Basil Twist, The Addams Family Derek McLane, Ragtime Christopher Oram, Red Jay Rohloff, Underground Karen Tennent, Hansel and Gretel

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN:
Antonia Ford-Roberts & Bob Flanagan, The Emperor Jones Santo Loquasto, Ragtime Clint Ramos, So Help Me God!
Bobby Frederick Tilley II, Lizzie Borden Matthew Wright, La Cage Aux Folles David Zinn, In the Next Room or the vibrator play

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN:
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red
Christian M. DeAngelis, Lizzie Borden
Maruti Evans, John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night Natasha Katz, The Addams Family Dane Laffrey, The Boys in the Band

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN IN A MUSICAL:
Acme Sound Partners, Ragtime
Jonathan Deans, La Cage Aux Folles
Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer & Brian Ronan, Everyday Rapture Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys Scott Lehrer, Finian’s Rainbow Brian Ronan, Promises, Promises

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN IN A PLAY:
Dan Bianchi & Wes Shippee, Frankenstein Dale Bigall, Underground Adam Cork, Enron Lindsay Jones, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers Fitz Patton, When the Rain Stops Falling Elizabeth Rhodes, John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Theodore Bikel, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears Jim Brochu, Zero Hour Colman Domingo, A Boy and his Soul Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking Judith Ivey, The Lady With All the Answers Anna Deavere Smith, Let Me Down Easy

UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE:
Charles L. Mee’s Fetes de la Nuit
Hansel and Gretel
John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
Stuffed and Unstrung
The Provenance of Beauty

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more