The 2017 Drama Desk Award Winners Announced

by Michael Eddy
The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards
The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards

The 62nd annual Drama Desk Awards took place June 4 at NYC’s The Town Hall. The awards honored productions, designers, and performers of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. Come From Away took home Outstanding Musical and Oslo took the award for Outstanding Play. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 won in all four categories it was nominated.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812  won awards for Director Rachel Chavkin; set designer Mimi Lien; lighting designer Bradley King; and sound designer Nicholas Pope. The other designers that won included, costume designers Jane Greenwood for The Little Foxes and Catherine Zuber for War Paint; lighting designer, Christopher Akerlind for Indecent; scenic designer, Nigel Hook for The Play That Goes Wrong; sound designers, Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin for The Encounter; projection designer Aaron Rhyne for Anastasia; wig and hair designer David Brian Brown for War Paint; and puppet designer Basil Twist for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Outstanding Musical - Come From Away

Outstanding Revival of a Musical - Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Play - Oslo, by J. T. Rogers

Outstanding Revival of a Play - Jitney

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play - Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical - Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play - Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical - Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 

Outstanding Set Design for a Play - Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical - Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play - Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical - Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 

Outstanding Projection Design - Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

Outstanding Wig and Hair - David Brian Brown, War Paint

Outstanding Puppet Design - Basil Twist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Outstanding Actor in a Play - Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Outstanding Actress in a Play - Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Andy Karl, Groundhog Day

Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Danny DeVito, The Price

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Jenn Colella, Come From Away

Outstanding Director of a Play - Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney

Outstanding Director of a Musical (TIE) - Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
David Cromer, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Music - David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Lyrics - David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Book of a Musical - Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away

Outstanding Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand

Outstanding Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Outstanding Fight Choreography - U. Jonathan Toppo, Sweat

Outstanding Solo Performance - Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Unique Theatrical Experience - The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Outstanding Adaptation - David Ives, The Liar

Outstanding Revue - Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward

Outstanding Music in a Play - Bill Sims Jr., Jitney

Outstanding Ensemble: The Wolves, The Playwrights Realm: The superbly talented cast of Sarah DeLappe's debut play—Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Lauren Patten, and Susannah Perkins—jelled as one, proving that team spirit is just a alive on the stage as it is on the soccer field.

Special Award to Phil LaDuca: Proving that character comes from the ground up, the designer's innovative flexible dance shoe ensures that hoofers on any stage remain on point.

Sam Norkin Award to Lila Neugebauer: During a season that saw her helm the original works The Antipodes, Everybody, Miles For Mary, and The Wolves, and resurrect the works of esteemed playwrights Edward Albee, Maria Irene Fornes, and Adrienne Kennedy in Signature Plays, director Lila Neugebauer has shown that her dauntless insight into the human condition knows no bounds.

For more information visit, DramaDeskAwards.com.