Drama Desk picks ‘Queen’

McDonaugh's Irish drama wins the day

NEW YORK — The 43rd Annual Drama Desk Awards for Broadway and Off Broadway shows were presented in Gotham Sunday night.

Taking home the trophy for new play was Irish scribbler Martin McDonaugh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” “Queen” vaulted over “Art,” by Yasmina Reza; “As Bee’s in Honey Drown,” by Douglas Carter Beane; “Side Man,” by Warren Leight (which is headed to Broadway but started Off Broadway); “Collected Stories,” by Donald Margulies; and “Three Days of Rain” by Richard Greenberg.

The award for new musical went to Livent’s “Ragtime,” the tuner nominated for 13 Tonys, edging out “Forever Tango,” “The Lion King,” “High Society” and the Off Broadway tuner “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Kudos for the revival of a play went to “A View From the Bridge.” “Bridge” had been in competition with “The Chairs,” “All My Sons,” “An American Clock” and “Ivanov.”

Only two musical revivals were nominated by the committee — “1776” and “Cabaret” — and the coin toss went to the leggy latter.

Six directors were nominated, but Michael Mayer, who helmed “Bridge” and “Side Man,” was selected from a field that included Scott Elliott for “Goose-Pimples,” James Houghton for “The American Clock,” Garry Hynes for “Queen,” “Joe Mantello for “Mizlansky/Zilinsky or ‘Schmucks’ ” and Simon McBurney for “The Chairs.”

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