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Drama Desk Awards - the Nominees

Herein, the 2012 Drama Desk Award Nominees (direct from the Drama Desk’s website)

OUTSTANDING PLAY

I’m really excited to see the love for The Big Mealand Completeness, but disappointed there’s no nod for Seminar.

   
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL

Really? Bonnie & Clydeand Death Takes a Holiday? I know it’s a weak year for musicals, but come on.

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

I’m a little surprised to see Wit missing from the mix…although, it’s a stellar year for plays, so the field is blessedly crowded.

   
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

I thought Jesus Christ Superstarwas horrendous; if a Jesus musical is to get nominated, I’d rather see the nomination go to the peppy revival of Godspell.


OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

  • James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Hugh Dancy, Venus in Fur
  • Claybourne Elder, One Arm
  • Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet
  • Joseph Franchini, The Navigator
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
  • Kevin Spacey, Richard III

   
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

  • Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
  • Sanaa Lathan, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • Linda Lavin, The Lyons
  • Jennifer Lim, Chinglish
  • Kim Martin-Cotten, A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Carey Mulligan, Through a Glass Darkly
  • Joely Richardson, Side Effects

Please, like anyone stands a chance against Linda Lavin!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

  • Danny Burstein, Follies
  • Kevin Earley, Death Takes a Holiday
  • Raúl Esparza, Leap of Faith
  • Jeremy Jordan, Newsies The Musical
  • Norm Lewis, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
  • Ricky Martin, Evita

Jeremy Jordan can’t sing, you guys! The emperor has no clothes! I vote Raul! Raul! Raul!

   
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

  • Miche Braden, The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith
  • Jan Maxwell, Follies
  • Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
  • Kelli O’Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Bernadette Peters, Follies
  • Molly Ranson, Carrie

Tough call. Audra vs. Jan. I’d go with Ms. Maxwell, since her knock-out performance was more of a surprise than Ms. McDonald’s.

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

  • Bill Camp, Death of a Salesman
  • Jim Dale, The Road to Mecca
  • Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Bill Irwin, King Lear
  • Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
  • Will Rogers, Unnatural Acts
  • Morgan Spector, Russian Transport

   
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

  • Stephanie J. Block, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • Anna Camp, All New People
  • Kimberly Hébert Gregory, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • Lisa Joyce, The Ugly One
  • Joaquina Kalukango, Hurt Village
  • Angela Lansbury, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
  • Judith Light, Other Desert Cities

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

  • Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
  • Matt Cavenaugh, Death Takes a Holiday
  • Michael Cerveris, Evita
  • Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Patrick Page, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
  • Andrew Samonsky, Queen of the Mist

I believe the nomination should read, “Matt Cavenaugh’s out of control vibrato.” Regardless, let’s root Phillip Boykin, a teddy bear who plays mean ol’ man on stage.

   
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Yay! Jessie Mueller and her amazingvoice was recognized!!!

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

  • Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • David Cromer, Tribes
  • Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, These Seven Sicknesses
  • Sam Mendes, Richard III
  • Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman
  • Tony Speciale, Unnatural Acts

   
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

  • Christopher Ashley, Leap of Faith
  • Jack Cummings III, Queen of the Mist
  • Doug Hughes, Death Takes a Holiday
  • Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Eric Schaeffer, Follies
  • John Tiffany, Once

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Rob Ashford, Evita
  • Warren Carlyle, Follies
  • Breandán de Gallaí, Noċtú
  • Christopher Gattelli, Newsies The Musical
  • Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Sergio Trujillo, Leap of Faith

   
OUTSTANDING MUSIC

  • Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once
  • Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist
  • Alan Menken, Leap of Faith
  • Alan Menken, Newsies The Musical
  • Frank Wildhorn, Bonnie & Clyde
  • Maury Yeston, Death Takes a Holiday

Um, you know how I feel about this awful Bonnie & Clydescore…

OUTSTANDING LYRICS

  • Don Black, Bonnie & Clyde
  • Jack Feldman, Newsies The Musical
  • Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
  • Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once
  • Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist
  • Maury Yeston, Death Takes a Holiday

   
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

  • Douglas Carter Beane, Lysistrata Jones
  • Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, Leap of Faith
  • Joe DiPietro, Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Joy Gregory, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
  • Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist
  • Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, Death Takes a Holiday

OUTSTANDING [SCORE for a play]

  • Mark Bennett, An Iliad
  • Mark Bennett, Richard III
  • Tom Kitt, All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Gina Leishman, Septimus and Clarissa
  • Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik, Carson McCullers Talks About Love

Tom Kitt is a genius so, vote for him!

   
OUTSTANDING REVUE

  • Newsical the Musical: End of the World Edition
  • The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

  • Jon Driscoll, Rob Howell and Paul Kieve, Ghost The Musical
  • David Gallo, The Mountaintop
  • Roger Hanna, A Little Journey
  • David Korins, Assistance
  • David Korins, Chinglish
  • Derek McLane, Follies

Note that for Ghost, the video & projection design, scenic design and illusions are being considered as one for set design.

   
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

  • Gregg Barnes, Follies
  • ESosa, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • William Ivey Long, Lucky Guy
  • Jessica Pabst, She Kills Monsters
  • Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Catherine Zuber, Death Takes a Holiday

William Ivey Long is reliably good, and while I didn’t see Lucky Guy, how do you not nominate him for that ridiculous disco-mirrored jacket in Leap of Faith?!?

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

  • Kevin Adams, Carrie
  • Neil Austin, Evita
  • David Lander, One Arm
  • Brian MacDevitt, Death of a Salesman
  • Kenneth Posner, Death Takes a Holiday
  • Paul Pyant, Richard III

   
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN IN A MUSICAL

  • Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
  • Jonathan Deans, Carrie
  • Clive Goodwin, Once
  • Kai Harada, Follies
  • Steve Canyon Kennedy, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jon Weston, Death Takes a Holiday

Are you kidding me? A nod for JC Superstar’s sound design? That was one of the worst parts!

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN IN A PLAY

  • Quentin Chiappetta/mediaNoise, The Navigator
  • Gregory Clarke, Misterman
  • Gareth Fry, Richard III
  • John Gromada, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
  • Stowe Nelson, Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War
  • Shane Rettig, She Kills Monsters

   
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

  • Baba Brinkman, The Rap Guide to Evolution
  • Suli Holum, Chimera
  • Jeff Key, The Eyes of Babylon
  • Cillian Murphy, Misterman
  • Denis O’Hare, An Iliad
  • Stephen Spinella, An Iliad

UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

  • Give Me Your Hand
  • Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)
  • Noċtú
  • The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol. 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays
  • The Ryan Case 1873
  • White

     
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
This year the nominators chose to bestow a special ensemble award for acting to the cast of Sweet and Sad. Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensley, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, and J. Smith-Cameron are among New York’s best actors, who came together as one unforgettable stage family. Therefore, the individual cast members were not eligible for acting awards in the competitive categories.

SPECIAL AWARDS
Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theater. For 2011-2012, these awards are:

  • Mary Testa: For over three decades, she has dazzled audiences with consistently outstanding work, including her tour-de-force performance in this season’s Queen of the Mist.
  • Nick Westrate: His versatility in Unnatural Acts, Love’s Labor’s Lost and Galileo was a highlight of the season.
  • New Victory Theatre: For providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.
  • Stephen Karam, [recipient of] the newly created Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award: The profoundly moving Sons of the Prophet confirmed his status as one of the most promising playwrights of his generation.

(Note that productions that had off-Broadway runs in previous seasons and were considered for awards in those years, like Venus in Fur and Peter and the Starcatcher, were not eligible for their new, Broadway iterations. Only new elements or performances, like Hugh Dancy inVenus in Fur and Judith Light inOther Desert Cities, were considered eligible.)

So, peeps, what do you think of the nominations, and what do you think is in store for Tuesday, when Tony nominations come out?