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The Drama Desk Awards

Rex Reed, Liza Minnelli

Billy Elliot the Musical, based on the film, and with music by Elton John was the big winner at the 54thAnnual Drama Desk Awards winning 10 awards including Outstanding Musical at the ceremony hosted by Harvey Fierstien and produced by Robert Blume in association with TheaterManina.com. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined was named outstanding play. Liza Minnelli, a beloved theater icon, was given a special award for her enduring career and her hit show this season Liza’s at the Palace.

Rex Reed, Liza Minnelli

Billy Elliot the Musical, based on the film, and with music by Elton John was the big winner at the 54thAnnual Drama Desk Awards winning 10 awards including Outstanding Musical at the ceremony hosted by Harvey Fierstien and produced by Robert Blume in association with TheaterManina.com. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined was named outstanding play. Liza Minnelli, a beloved theater icon, was given a special award for her enduring career and her hit show this season Liza’s at the Palace. Another legend Angela Lansbury took an award for outstanding featured actress in a play for her work as Madame Acati in the revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

 

 

Photography: Barry Gordin

The 2009 Drama Desk Award Winners

Outstanding Play:

Patrick Christiano, Lynn Nottage

Ruined by Lynn Nottage

Outstanding Musical:
Billy Elliot The Musical

Outstanding Revival of Play:
The Norman Conquests

Outstanding Revival of a Musical:
Hair

Outstanding Music in a Play:
Dominic Kanza (Ruined)

Outstanding Actor in a Play:
Geoffrey Rush (Exit the King)

Outstanding Actress in a Play:
Janet McTeer (Mary Stuart)

Robert Blume, Haydn Gwynne


Outstanding Actor in a Musical:
Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek The Musical)

Outstanding Actress in a Musical:
Allison Janney (9 to 5)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:
Pablo Schreiber (reasons to be pretty)
off Broadway

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play:
Angela Lansbury (Blithe Spirit)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:
Gregory Jbara (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:

Pablo Schreiber

Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Director of a Play:
Matthew Warchus (The Norman Conquests)

Outstanding Director of a Musical:
Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Choreography:
Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Music:
Elton John (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Lyrics:

David Korins

Stephen Sondheim (Road Show)

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Lee Hall (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Orchestrations:
Martin Koch (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Set Design of a Play:
David Korins (Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them)

Outstanding Set Design of a Musical:
Tim Hatley (Shrek The Musical)

Outstanding Costume Design:

Allison Janney

Tim Hatley (Shrek The Musical))

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play:
David Hersey (Equus)

Outstanding Sound Design:
Paul Arditti (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Outstanding Solo Performance:
Lorenzo Pisoni (Humor Abuse)

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical:
Rick Fisher (Billy Elliot The Musical)

Unique Theatrical Experience:
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words

In addition, the following non-competitive awards were presented:

Outstanding Ensemble Performances:

The cast of The Norman Conquests
The cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan

To Liza Minnelli, a beloved American musical theater icon, for her enduring career of sustained excellence, and her glorious performance in
Liza’s at the Palace.

Phillip George

To Forbidden Broadway at the end of its nearly three decade run and the creators, casts and designers who made it an unparalleled New York institution cherished for its satire and celebration of Broadway.

To Atlantic Theater Company and artistic director Neil Pepe for exceptional craftsmanship, dedication to excellence and productions that engage, inspire and enlighten.

To TADA! Youth Theater for providing an invaluable contribution to the future of the theater. The company makes outstanding training and experience accessible and affordable to young people and mounts productions remarkable for their quality and professionalism.

Henry Hodges, Nicki Blonsky
Geoffrey Rush, Janet McTeer
Rex Reed, Liza Minnelli
Randie Levine-Miller, Emanuel Verstrauten, Edith & Ervin Drake
Julie Halston, Harvey Fierstein
Isa Goldberg, Jim & Julie Dale
Haydn Gwynne, Janet McTeer, Brian d’Arcy James
Robert Blume, Scott & Barbara Siegel, Edith & Ervin Drake, Mathew Donoghue
Andre De Shields, Patrick Christiano
Lillian & William Wolf
Stockard Channing
Lynn Nottage, Diane Paulus
Randie Levine-Miller, Nicki Blonsky
Megan Hilty, Jame deRoy
Bunny Dell, Raul Esparza
Gregory Jbara, Haydn Gwynne
Jane Fonda
Stephen Daldry, John Lithgow
Scott & Barbara Siegel
Ellis Nassour, Tsidii LeLoka
Isa Goldberg, Nanette Shaw