The 62nd Drama Desk Awards are now in the history books, and are they perhaps predicting the Tony winners?
“Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” won all four awards, the most it was eligible for, the most it could win. Since it opened several years ago at the Ars Nova theater Off Off Broadway, it’s not nominated for the ten awards it’s up for ON Broadway. But the Acting Categories it IS predicting, I think are Best Actress and Featured Actress in a Play both of which went to Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon for “Little Foxes.” Laura gave a beautiful speech. If TONY winners saw it…She was a very popular win.
I guess the headline was that Bette Midler didn’t show to accept HER award for “Hello, Dolly!”But Gavin Creel did. He claimed to be “unfunny” and that director Jerry Zaks made him “funny.”
Certainly funny AND charming was host Michael Urie who really aced this tricky show. He even jumped up high to give towering presenter the legendary Tommy Tune a kiss! Tune shockingly quipped “the last person to kiss me at one of these things was Leonard Bernstein.”…Pause for huge laugh…”He gave me tongue,” Pause for another huge laugh. “And I LIKED IT!” Applause.
It was one of the slickest evenings in the Drama Desks chequered and long and distinguished history. It was certainly a very high point. And I am proud beyond words to be part of this organization. It enables me to see all these wonderful shows and to write about them and to bring them to you on my blog and my TV show. I’ve been a member for over twenty years, or more. But who’s counting? It’s work I love to do.
True story. I voted for most of tonight’s winners. Showing you one’s vote DOES count. I prefigured nearly every award in the design categories, and Andy Karl winning for Best Actor for “Groundhog Day.” He quipped “This is the biggest pity award I’ve ever gotten.” Referring to the fact, and he referenced it by tripping on his way up to the stage, but then making like it was a joke and he was fine. But seriously, he did tear his ACL right before the show opened and to this day, he wears a massive knee brace, which as he is in his underwear almost constantly, (11 times, but who’s counting?) in the course of the show.
It IS “Groundhog Day” after all.
“Hello, Dolly!” in addition to winning for Midler and Creel also won Best Revival of a Musical and the Canadian musical “Come From Away,” as I predicted it might, won three awards including Best Musical. And also Best Supporting Actress for Jenn Collela.
Danny DeVito won for Best Featured Actor in a Play for “The Price.”
Here’s the list of shows by number of winners who reached more than two.
Wins by Production:
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 – 4
The Band”s Visit – 3
Come From Away – 3
Hello, Dolly! – 3
Jitney – 3
The Little Foxes – 3
Bandstand – 2
War Paint – 2
For the rest of the winners go immediately to http://www.broadway.com.
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