Drama Desk Awards preview Tony Awards with wins for ‘Oslo,’ ‘Jitney,’ Bette Midler

This Sunday’s Drama Desk Awards could well be a preview of next Sunday’s Tony Awards on the play side with almost all of the above-the-line awards going to our predicted frontrunners for the Tonys including Best Play to “Oslo” and Best Play Revival to “Jitney.” And all four acting awards on the play front went to performers in revivals: leads Kevin Kline (“Present Laughter”) and Laura Linney (“The Little Foxes”) and featured players Danny DeVito (“The Price”) and Cynthia Nixon (“The Little Foxes”).

On the musical side, one of the leading Tony contenders, “Dear Evan Hansen,” was ineligible as it had contended here last year for its off-Broadway run. Another transfer, the tuner “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” was a hybrid, with only new cast members and design elements eligible for consideration as the other components had contended here before. It ended up winning for directions as well as lighting, set and sound design.

These exclusions cleared the way for another Tony contender, “Come From Away,” to win Best Musical as well as Featured Actress (Jenn Collela) and Book. “Hello, Dolly!” won Best Musical Revival as well as two acting awards for star Bette Midler and featured fellow Gavin Creel. And Andy Karl claimed Best Actor for “Groundhog Day.”

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