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Drama Desk Awards spurn off-Broadway nominees again in favor of Tony Awards contenders

While the Drama Desk Awards nominate a slew of off-Broadway fare, the winners invariably come from Broadway. That was once again the case on Sunday when all but one of the 16 champs in the musical races were Broadway productions while it was 8 of 12 on the play side.

This love of all things Broadway even extended to “Hadestown,” which was only in contention for new elements such as cast members after having contended here previously for it Off-Broadway run. It won four awards: Director (Rachel Chavkin), Featured Actor in a Musical (Andre De Shields), Lighting Design, and Sound Design.

One of its main rivals for Best Musical at the Tony Awards is “Tootsie,” which claimed victories for Best Actor (Santino Fontana), Book, Music, and Lyrics. But it was another contender, “The Prom,” that swooped in and claimed Best Musical despite losing all of its other bids.

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Drama Desk Awards Winners List: ‘The Ferryman’, ‘The Prom’ Among Top Honorees

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Drama Desk Awards Winners List: ‘The Ferryman’, ‘The Prom’ Among Top Honorees
The winners for the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced Sunday night with Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman winning for Outstanding Play and The Prom taking home the trophy for Outstanding Musical.

Other big winners for the night included The Waverly Gallery and Fidder on the Roof winning for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Revival of a Musical respectively. Dance Nation received a special Ensemble Award while Montana Levi Blanco was honored with the Sam Norkin Award.

The ceremony was hosted by Michael Urie and took place at at The Town Hall in Manhattan. The evening included performances by Drama Desk nominee George Salazar (Be More Chill) who was accompanied by composer/lyricist and Drama Desk nominee Joe Iconis. Other performers included Drama Desk nominees Stacey Sargeant and Andrew R. Butler (Rags Parkland) and Drama Desk and Tony®Award winner Lillias White who sang the In Memoriam.
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Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose Sets Musical Theater Return With ‘Carmen Jones’

Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose Sets Musical Theater Return With ‘Carmen Jones’
Exclusive: Anika Noni Rose is coming back to musical theater. The actress will star in an off-Broadway production of Carmen Jones, her first appearance in a musical since winning a Tony Award for 2004’s Broadway production of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change.

Directing for the Classic Stage Company will be Csc’s artistic director John Doyle, with choreography by Bill T. Jones. Beginning a limited engagement June 8, the production marks the first major New York revival of the the 1943 musical.

Since winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress 14 years ago, Rose co-starred in the film Dreamgirls, voiced African-American princess Tiana in Walt Disney Pictures’ 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog, played Kizzy in the History Channel remake of Roots and appeared on Broadway in the non-musical plays A Raisin in the Sun (co-starring Denzel Washington) and, with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
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