Nominations for the 58th annual edition of the Drama Desk Awards were announced Monday. Two shuttered musicals — the short-lived Broadway tuner “Hands on a Hardbody” and the off-Broadway hit “Giant” — lead with nine nods apiece. (See full list of nominations here.)
“Matilda,” the Olivier-winning tuner which is likely to lead Tuesday’s Tony nominations, earned seven nominations as did the rialto revival of 1986 Best Musical winner “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and the off-Broadway remount of 1994 Tony champ “Passion.”
“Kinky Boots,” which is expected to be the strongest rival to “Matilda” at the Tonys, did not resonate with the Drama Desk nominating committee, reaping only two bids. However, one of those was for Billy Porter who leads our odds for Best Musical Actor at the Tonys.
Winners will be revealed on May 19 in a ceremony at Gotham’s Town Hall.