Drama Desk Awards 2015



Live from Town Hall, the 60th annual Drama Desk Awards were hosted for the second year in a row by Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Laura Benanti.  The Drama desk awards are presented annually to honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway.  Winners are decided by theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers covering theater.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and An American in Paris led nominations with 13 and 12 respectively.  The night’s big winners were Hamilton, An American in Paris, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. 

Some of the night’s performance highlights included “Hold Down the Fort” by Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan from John & Jen, “Beautiful” by Luba Mason from Pretty Filthy, Judy Kuhn’s rendition of “Come the Wild, Wild Weather” during the in memoriam, Lisa Howard singing “Jenny’s Blues” from It Shoulda Been You. 

A partial list of winners can be found below, and a full list of winners can be found here

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Unique Theatrical Experience
Queen of the Night

Outstanding Solo Performance
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Outstanding Costume Design
Catherine Zuber, Gigi

Outstanding Set Design
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris

Outstanding Lighting Design
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play
Ian Dickinson, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical
Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton

Outstanding Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, An American in Paris

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You

Outstanding Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Director of a Play
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Thomas Kail, Hamilton

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Alexander Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Helen Mirren, The Audience

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man

Outstanding Play
Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime 

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Outstanding Music
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Outstanding Lyrics
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the 20th Century

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
The King and I

Outstanding Musical
Hamilton

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