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Drama Desk Award Nominations 2017


Drama Desk Award Nominations 2017

By Ross

Last Thursday morning I found my way over to Feinstein/54 Below to hear Tony winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me) and Hamilton star Javier Muñoz read out the nominations for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards. The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! led the pack with ten nominations (including nods for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and for its luminous star, Bette Midler), while the new musicals Come From Away and Anastasia trailed closely behind with nine nominations each. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre, also was nominated in seven categories.

Notable excepts were Dear Evan Hansen, which was not in the running because of it being included in last years race.  The Drama Desk nominating committee also did not consider Significant Other (0) because of it’s off-Broadway run in the 2015 – 2016 season. Indecent (2)Sweat (2), and Oslo (2) were considered for their Off Broadway runs, even though they subsequently transferred to Broadway this season. The committee determined that the book and score of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 were not sufficiently different from earlier, already eligible productions to be considered this season. However, the design, staging, and new members of the company were considered this year. The committee determined that all aspects of In Transit had been significantly reworked since its Off Broadway engagement in 2010 and thus deemed it eligible for consideration this season, although it did not score a nod in the end.

 Also, in accordance with the wishes of its producers, the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George was not considered. With respect to the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard (1), the committee determined that Glenn Close’s performance and costumes were not eligible because of eligibility in an earlier season, but the other performances, direction, choreography, and design aspects were eligible.

No Six Degrees of Separation love for the revival, although I wasn’t surprised to see no Best Musical nod for, Amelie(0), Charlie (1) or Groundhog Day (1). But I was surprised by The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (3) inclusion in that and numerous other categories.

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Thrilled for numerous favorites of mine, including Come From Away (9)Sweeney Todd (7)A Band’s Visit (7)A Life (5), Indecent (2) – although surprised by the exclusion of director ___, And very happy for the ladies of The Little Foxes (7).

Happy for all the women actors nominated. They all are pretty much the ones who I think will get Tony nominations. And glad for the ladies of A Doll’s House, Part 2 (2), but surprised the play wast nominated. And once again, what happened to Ride the Cyclone (0), one of my all time favorites of the season?

This year’s list included notable Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, with Park Avenue Armory’s The Hairy Ape (8), Atlantic Theater Company’s The Band’s Visit (7), ____. Additionally, The Playwrights Realm’s The Wolves earned recognition for Outstanding Ensemble, while its director Lila Neugebauer is set to receive this year’s Sam Norkin Award.

The awards ceremony, hosted this year by Drama Desk winner Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar), will take place June 4 at New York’s Town Hall.

And the Nominations are (click on the highlighted show name for the frontmezzjunkies review):

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Outstanding Play
If I Forget, by Steven Levenson, Roundabout Theatre Company
Indecent, by Paula Vogel, Vineyard Theatre
A Life, by Adam Bock, Playwrights Horizons
Oslo, by J. T. Rogers, Lincoln Center Theater
Sweat, by Lynn Nottage, The Public Theater
[4630]_Christy Altomare

Outstanding Musical

The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Hadestown, New York Theatre Workshop


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Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Hairy ApePark Avenue Armory
Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
 “Master Harold”… and the Boys, Signature Theatre Company
Picnic, Transport Group Theatre Company

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Falsettos, Lincoln Center Theater
Sweet Charity, The New Group
Tick, Tick…BOOM!, Keen Company
Present Laughter St. James Theatre
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Daniel Craig, Othello, New York Theatre Workshop
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
David Hyde Pierce, A Life, Playwrights Horizons
John Douglas Thompson, JitneyManhattan Theatre Club
The Present
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Amy Ryan, Love, Love, Love, Roundabout Theatre Company
Harriet Walter, The Tempest, St. Ann’s Warehouse
Groundhog Day August Wilson Theatre
Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nick Blaemire, Tick, Tick…BOOM!, Keen Company 
Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
War Paint Broadway
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity, The New Group
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Laura Osnes, Bandstand
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo, Lincoln Center Theater
Danny DeVito, The Price, Roundabout Theatre Company
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Jeremy Shamos, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company
Justice Smith, Yen, MCC Theater
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Randy Graff, The Babylon Line, Lincoln Center Theater
Marie Mullen, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, BAM
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Emily Skinner, Picnic
Kate Walsh, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company
Shalhoub, Abud, Tewari, Stachel
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Jeffry Denman, Kid VictoryVineyard Theatre
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos, Lincoln Center Theater

[4]_Jenn Colella and the cast of COME FROM AWAY
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos, Lincoln Center Theater
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Nora Schell, Spamilton
Outstanding Director of a Play
Richard Jones, The Hairy ApePark Avenue Armory
Anne Kauffman, A Life, Playwrights Horizons
Richard Nelson, What Did You Expect?/Women  of a Certain Age, The Public Theater
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
Daniel Sullivan, If I Forget, Roundabout Theatre Company
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Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
David CromerThe Band’s Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!
Holiday Inn
Outstanding Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly!
Aletta CollinsThe Hairy ApePark Avenue Armory
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, Roundabout Theatre Company
(for the rest of the nominations, click here)
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