The 2018 Drama Desk Awards will feature performances from a number of the evening's nominees, including Ashley Park (nominated for KPOP and Mean Girls), Gizel Jiménez (nominated for Miss You Like Hell), and Lindsay Mendez and Alexander Gemignani (nominated for Carousel). As previously reported, the 63rd annual ceremony will take place June 3 at Town Hall and will be hosted by Michael Urie.
Jiménez will perform "Sundays" from Miss You Like Hell; Mendez and Gemignani will perform "When The Children Are Asleep" from Carousel; Park will perform "Bung Uh Ree Sae (Mute Bird)" from KPOP; Karen Ziemba will perform the In Memoriam; and there will be a performance by Grey Henson and Barrett Wilbert Weed from Mean Girls.
Among the presenters for the evening will be previous Drama Desk winners Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Jane Greenwood (The Little Foxes), Stephen McKinley Henderson (A Raisin In The Sun), Bill Irwin (The Iceman Cometh), Andy Karl (Groundhog Day), Mimi Lien (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Shuffle Along), Orfeh (Pretty Woman), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney), Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed), and Mary Testa (The Government Inspector).
The Drama Desk Awards recognize excellence on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off Off-Broadway. Leading the nominations this year were three Broadway musicals—the revival of Carousel with 12 nominations, SpongeBob SquarePants with 11, and Mean Girls with 10.