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‘Matilda,’ ‘Vanya and Sonia’ Score at the Drama Desks

Revivals 'Pippin,' 'Cinderella' and 'Virginia Woolf' also rack up multiple wins

Tony contenders including tuner “Matilda” and play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” were among the titles to emerge as winners at the 2013 Drama Desk Awards.

Matilda” led the pack with a total of five awards, while musical revival “Pippin” (four trophies) and play revival “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (three) proved the favorites their own respective categories. “Cinderella” also walked away with three.

“Matilda” notched wins for musical, book (Dennis Kelly) and lyrics (Tim Minchin), although the music award went to David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for their Off Broadway outing “Here Lies Love.” A Brit hit that’s a critical darling on both sides of the Atlantic, “Matilda” also scored for supporting actor (Bertie Carvel, up for a Tony in the lead category) and set design (Rob Howell).

The Drama Desk is the third award-season win for “Vanya and Sonia,” the play by Christopher Durang that also has scored the New York Critics Circle Award and the Drama League kudo for new play. The victories suggest growing voter momentum for “Vanya and Sonia” in a Tony field that, initially at least, seemed filled with viable candidates, including “The Assembled Parties,” “Lucky Guy” and “The Testament of Mary.”

Thesping honors went to Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”) and Laura Osnes (“Cinderella”) for lead perfs in tuners, while Tracy Letts (“Virginia Woolf?”) and Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”) nabbed trophies for leading roles in plays.

Kudos were handed out May 19 in a ceremony at Town Hall in midtown Manhattan.

And the 2013 Drama Desk Award winners are: 

Outstanding Musical

“Matilda”

Outstanding Play

Christopher Durang, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue

Pippin

Outstanding Revival of a Play

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Laura Osnes, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Bertie Carvel, “Matilda”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Andrea Martin, “Pippin”

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Tracy Letts, “Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Richard Kind, “The Big Knife

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Judith Light, “The Assembled Parties

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Dennis Kelly, “Matilda”

Outstanding Music

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love

Outstanding Lyrics

Tim Minchin, “Matilda”

Outstanding Music in a Play

Glen Kelly, “The Nance

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Diane Paulus, “Pippin”

Outstanding Director of a Play

Pam MacKinnon, “Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Outstanding Orchestrations

Danny Troob, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Outstanding Choreography

Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider, “Pippin”

Unique Theatrical Experience

“Cirque Du Soleil: Totem”

Outstanding Revue

“Old Hats”

Outstanding Solo Performance

Michael Urie, “Buyer & Cellar”

Outstanding Lighting Design

Justin Townsend, “Here Lies Love”

Outstanding Set Design

Rob Howell, “Matilda”

Outstanding Costume Design

William Ivey Long, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Outstanding Projection Design

Peter Nigrini, “Here Lies Love”

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (3-way tie)

Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Hands on a Hardbody”

Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy, “Chaplin: The Musical”

Tony Meola, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Mel Mercier, “The Testament of Mary
”

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

“Working”

Special Awards

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Wakka Wakka (Gabrielle Brechner, Kirjan Waage, and Gwendolyn Warnock), Jayne Houdyshell, Samuel D. Hunter, Maruti Evans.

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