“Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” the first half of Tony Kushner’s epic drama about AIDS, won the Drama Desk’s best play of the 1992-93 theater season Monday. “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was chosen top musical.
“The Who’s Tommy” picked up six awards, the most for any show, taking prizes for director of a musical, Des McAnuff; choreography, Wayne Cilento; orchestration, Steve Margoshes; set design, John Arnone and Wendall K. Harrington; lighting design, Chris Parry; and sound design, Steve Canyon Kennedy.
Unlike the Tony Awards, which recognize only Broadway productions, the Drama Desk honors Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals. The group is made up of New York theater journalists and critics.
Play: “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”
Musical: “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Director, play: George C. Wolfe, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”
Director, musical: Des McAnuff, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Actor, play: Ron Leibman, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”
Actor, musical: Brent Carver, “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Actress, play: Jane Alexander, “The Sisters Rosensweig.”
Actress, musical: Chita Rivera, “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Featured actor, play: (tie) Joe Mantello and Stephen Spinella, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”
Featured actor, musical: Mark Michael Hutchinson, “Blood Brothers.”
Featured actress, play: Madeline Kahn, “The Sisters Rosensweig.”
Featured actress, musical: Andrea Martin, “My Favorite Year.”
Music: John Kander, “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Lyrics: Joel Paley, “Ruthless!”
Orchestration: Steve Margoshes, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Book of a musical: no nominations.
Choreography: Wayne Cilento, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Revival: “Anna Christie.”
Set design: John Arnone and Wendall K. Harrington, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Lighting design: Chris Parry, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Costume design: Florence Klotz, “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Solo performance: Anna Deavere Smith, “Fires in the Mirror.”
Sound design: Steve Canyon Kennedy, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Music in a play: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “The Song of Jacob Zulu.”
Unique theatrical experience: “Fool Moon.”
Special awards: Early Stages, an organization that provides theater tickets to New York City school children; the International Festival of Puppet Theater; and RCA Victor, for its documentation of theater music.