Tony frontrunners dominate Drama Desk Awards: ‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ ‘All the Way’

Sunday’s Drama Desk Awards could well be a preview of next Sunday’s Tony Awards. Indeed, all of the above-the-line categories went to our predicted frontrunners for the Tonys, with the exception of Featured Actor (Play) and Featured Actress (Musical). 

Drama Desk Awards: Complete list of winners 

Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” won seven of its leading 12 bids: Best Musical, Musical Actor (Jefferson Mays), Featured Musical Actress (Lauren Worsham), Director, Lyrics, Book and Production Design.

Its closest Tonys rival — “Beautiful” — went three for six: Musical Actress (Jessie Mueller), Featured Musical Actress (Anika Larsen) and Sound Design.

Best Musical Revival went to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” whose star Neil Patrick Harris tied with Mays. James Monroe Iglehart won Featured Musical Actor for playing the genie in “Aladdin.” And Jason Robert Brown won both Best Score and Best Orchestrations for “Bridges of Madison County.” 

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On the play front, “All the Way” won Best Play and Play Actor (Bryan Cranston) and “Twelfth Night” claimed both Best Play Revival and Director. 

Audra McDonald won for her leading performance in “Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill” while Reed Birney (“Casa Valentina“) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (“The Glass Menagerie“) took the featured play performance awards.   

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