2018 Drama Desk Awards winners: Full list led by ‘SpongeBob Square Pants,’ ‘Angels in America,’ ‘Carousel”

Winners of the 63rd annual Drama Desk Awards were revealed on June 3 during a ceremony at the Town Hall in midtown Manhattan that was hosted once again by Michael Urie. As with the Outer Critics Circle Awards, these kudos also consider both Broadway and off-Broadway fare. To that end, the Broadway production of “The Band’s Visit” was ineligible, save for its sound design which was deemed to be new and won with these voters.

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Best Play
X – Admissions, by Joshua Harmon
Mary Jane, by Amy Herzog
Miles for Mary, by The Mad Ones
People, Places & Things, by Duncan Macmillan
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh

Best Revival of a Play
X – Angels in America
Hindle Wakes
In the Blood
Three Tall Women

Best Director of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Jeremy Herrin, People, Places & Things
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Lila Neugebauer, Miles for Mary
Simon Stone, Yerma
X – John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best Actor in a Play
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
X – Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
James McArdle, Angels in America
Paul Sparks, At Home at the Zoo

Best Actress in a Play
Carrie Coon, Mary Jane
Denise Gough, People, Places & Things
X – Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Billie Piper, Yerma

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ben Edelman, Admissions
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
X – Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Jocelyn Bioh, In the Blood
X – Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans
Barbara Marten, People, Places & Things
Deirdre O’Connell, Fulfillment Center
Constance Shulman, Bobbie Clearly

Best Music in a Play
X – Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Hicks, Mlima’s Tale, Public Theatre
Amatus Karim-Ali, The Homecoming Queen
Justin Levine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Adrian Sutton, Angels in America

Best Costume Design for a Play
Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
X – Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ann Roth, Three Tall Women
Emilio Sosa, Venus, Signature Theatre

Best Lighting Design for a Play
X – Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Natasha Chivers, 1984
Alan C. Edwards, Kill Move Paradise
Paul Gallo, Three Tall Women
Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King

Best Set Design for a Play
X – Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Bunny Christie, People, Places & Things
Lizzie Clachan, Yerma
Maruti Evans, Kill Move Paradise
Louisa Thompson, In the Blood

Best Sound Design in a Play
Brendan Aanes, Balls
X – Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Tom Gibbons, People, Places & Things
Stefan Gregory, Yerma
Palmer Hefferan, Today is My Birthday

SEE 2018 Tony Awards nominations: Full list in all 26 categories


Best Musical
Desperate Measures
Mean Girls
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
X – SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Revival of a Musical
Amerike-The Golden Land
X – My Fair Lady
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

Best Director of a Musical
Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Teddy Bergman, KPOP
Jack O’Brien, Carousel
X – Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Actor in a Musical
Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones
X – Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Actress in a Musical
Gizel Jiménez, Miss You Like Hell
LaChanze, Summer
X – Jessie Mueller, Carousel
Ashley Park, KPOP
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss You Like Hell

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
X – Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
X – Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Kenita R. Miller, Once on This Island
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Kate Rockwell, Mean Girls

Best Music
The Bengsons, The Lucky Ones
Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
X – David Friedman, Desperate Measures
Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP

Best Lyrics
Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes/Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
X – Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP

Best Book of a Musical
X – Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob Squarepants
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
X – Justin Peck, Carousel
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air

Best Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin (John Bertles and Bash the Trash, found instrument design) Once on This Island
Charlie Rosen, Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures
X – Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Best Costume Design for a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
X – Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Best Lighting Design for a Musical
Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Amith Chandrashaker, The Lucky Ones
X – Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhauer, Once on This Island
Brian MacDevitt, Carousel
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, KPOP

Best Set Design for a Musical
Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Beowulf Boritt, Prince of Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club
Dane Laffrey, Once on This Island
Santo Loquasto, Carousel
X – David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Sound Design in a Musical
X – Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Scott Lehrer, Carousel
Will Pickens, KPOP
Dan Moses Schreier, Pacific Overtures

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