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 “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” That Brit hit also claimed five other prizes including Best Actor (Alex Sharp) and Director.
However, the off-Broadway hit tuner “Hamilton” dominated that side of the ledger, winning Best Musical as well as six other awards including three for composer/book writer Lin Manuel Miranda as well as Director, Supporting Actress (Renée Elise Goldsberry) and Sound Design. (See full list of winners here.)
Helen Mirren triumphed for her leading performance in the play “The Audience” while Annaleigh Ashford (“You Can’t Take It With You”) and K. Todd Freeman (“Airline Highway“) claimed the featured awards. And “The Elephant Man” won Best Play Revival.
One of the leading Tony contenders for Best Musical, “Fun Home,” was ineligible here as it had contended last year for its off-Broadway run. Another, “An American in Paris,” won Best Actor (Robert Fairchild) as well as three other awards. And a third, “Something Rotten” won the Featured Actor award for Christian Borle.
In the competitive Best Actress (Musical) race, Kristin Chenoweth (“On the Twentieth Century”) triumphed but her show lost Best Musical Revival to “The King and I.”