The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall.
Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie, who won his award for Buyer and Seller and starred in Torch Song Trilogy this season, will return as host of the awards ceremony for the third consecutive year. “The Drama Desk president Charles Wright said, “Michael’s enthusiasm for New York theater and his distinctive sense of humor add the perfect zest to this annual celebration.” He announced tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.DramaDeskAwards.com The awards will be presented on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).
The Drama Desk Awards are the only major New York City theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same categories. The nominations announcement will be announced on Thursday, April 26th at Feinstein’s/54 Below at 10a.m. and can be seen on www.TheaterMania.com.
“TheaterMania will present the Drama Desk Awards at New York’s renowned Town Hall.” Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView the parent company of TheaterMania, said. “Audience members and webcast viewers from the New York community and around the world are in for a treat, as the Awards show celebrates the diversity, creativity, and talent that live theater has to offer. And with Michael Urie once again at the helm, we can expect a fun-filled unpredictable night.”
Joey Parnes Productions will produce the show, which will be written by Bill Rosenfield (46 Beacon, True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow) and directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends).
The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be sponsored by Music Theatre International, Hudson Scenic Studio, and Production Resource Group. More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2017-2018 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: David Barbour, (Lighting&Sound America – Committee Chair), Linda Buchwald (freelance: Theatre is Easy, Playbill, American Theatre, TDF Stages), Peter Filichia (Broadway Select; Broadway Radio; author, most recently, Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks – St. Martin’s Press), Helen Shaw (Time Out NY; Village Voice), Martha Wade Steketee (freelance; Theater Pizzazz; Exeunt; HowlRound), Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania.com), Doug Strassler (Garden State Journal; Center on the Aisle; Back on the Block; TDF Stages), Charles Wright (Drama Desk President), ex officio.
In addition to TheaterMania and Ms. Shugart, Robert R. Blume, and David S. Stone are Executive Producers of the Drama Desk Awards.