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Drama Desk Awards

April 24, 2024: Stage and Screen icon Kathleen Turner will announce the nominations for the 68th Annual Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDesk.org) LIVE on NBC’S New York Live on Monday, April 29 in the 11:30am half hour. Kathleen will also chat about the awards and her upcoming projects.

April 24, 2024: Stage and Screen icon Kathleen Turner will announce the nominations for the 68th Annual Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDesk.org) LIVE on NBC’S New York Live on Monday, April 29 in the 11:30am half hour. Kathleen will also chat about the awards and her upcoming projects.

New York Live, WNBC’s daily lifestyle show hosted by Sara Gore, gives viewers the best of all things in the Tri-State. The program airs at 11:30AM Monday-Friday, and also at 7:15PM on Friday.

This year’s awards will be held on Monday, June 10 at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (556 LaGuardia Place). Drama Desk co-presidents David Barbour and Charles Wright also announced that the cutoff for this year’s awards is April 25. “We extend our gratitude to Kathleen Turner, a legendary actor who has performed both on Broadway and off, for kicking off what we know will be an exciting Drama Desk Awards period. The sheer number of noteworthy performances this season is extraordinary.”

“We are particularly honored to executive-produce this year’s Drama Desk Awards which celebrates the tremendous abundance of creativity gracing our New York stages,” said co-Executive Producers Staci Levine and Jessica R. Jenen. “It has been a remarkable season on Broadway and Off, and we are thrilled to honor all nominees who grace our New York stages in this theater industry-inclusive event.”

Additional details will be announced shortly.

The Drama Desk Awards are the only major New York City theater awards for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway compete against each other in the same categories.

As was the case last year, all performance categories will be gender-free. The updated gender-free categories are: Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play, Outstanding Leading Performance in a Musical, Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, and Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical. 

Each of these categories will have twice as many nominees as the former gendered categories and voters will cast two votes for each category. These categories will also have two winners each. If there is a tie, there may be more than two winners in a category.

What sets the Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers covering theater. The Drama Desk Awards honor all aspects of New York’s professional theater.

The 2023-2024 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: Martha Wade Steketee(Chair; freelance: UrbanExcavations.com), Linda Armstrong(New York Amsterdam News), Daniel Dinero(Theatre is Easy), Peter Filichia(Broadway Radio), Kenji Fujishima(freelance: Theatermania), Margaret Hall(Playbill) and Charles Wright, ex-officio.

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About The Drama Desk

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics’ organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.

All Drama Desk officers and nominating committee members perform their various services for the organization on a voluntary basis. The organization takes pride in announcing that the awards are then voted on “by impartial media people only,” without any vested interests in the results. Today, 100 New York theater critics, reporters, writers, and arts editors vote on the awards.

Staci Levine is the founder and president of Groundswell Theatricals, Inc., a NYC-based producing and general management company, which has lead-produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, across North America, London’s West End, and Australia. Current productions include the national concert tours of Patti LuPone’s A Life in Notes and Mandy Patinkin’s Being Alive; the podcast Radio Play Revival, now in its third season; and concert events for the American Theatre Wing. Recent productions include Patti LuPone’s concert tour Don’t Monkey with Broadway; Arlekin Players Theatre’s production of The Orchard,starring Jessica Hecht and Mikhail Baryshnikov; Lisa Lampanelli’s touring production Losin’ ItAn Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin; John Lithgow’s Stories By Heart;Nina Conti’s In Your Face; the musical A Taste of Things to Come;The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman; and Mandy Patinkin’s solo concerts: Dress Casual, Mamaloshen, Celebrating Sondheim, and Diaries. Staci cut her teeth in commercial theater with the Dodgers, working on numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions as a member of Dodger Management Group. Staci is a member of The Broadway League. www.groundswelltheatricals.com.

Jessica R. Jenen has been a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway, Off-Broadway, and international executive producer, general manager, executive director and consultant for over thirty years in both the commercial and non-profit spheres and founder/president of JRJ Productions. Broadway: Gutenberg! The Musical!; The Who’s Tommy; Stereophonic.Tony Awards: Paradeand Company. Tony nominations: Into the Woods; Life of Pi, New York, New York; Venus in Fur, the most produced new play in America during the 2014 season; An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. As executive producer of The Broadway Company: I’ll Eat You Last, The Heiress, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, Clybourne Park, Nice Work If You Can Get It. West End: A lead producer of the Olivier Award-winning Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical. Select London productions as backer: Sunset Boulevard; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; A Little Life; Dr. Semmelweis; The Motive and the Cue; Patriots; A Streetcar Named Desire; Standing at the Sky’s Edge. Former vice president / senior general manager at Broadway International Group / Broadway Asia; former executive director of Classic Stage Company for seven seasons; board member WP Theater; adjunct lecturer, Brooklyn College’s graduate program; Broadway and Off-Broadway League member. www.jrjtheatrical.com.

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