Polly Bergen and John Stamos will announce the nominations for The 47th annual Drama Desk Awards on 10 AM April 30 at a news conference at the New York Friars Club on East 55th Street. Bergen and Stamos are currently the stars of Broadway's Cabaret. The press event will be carried live in its entirety on the NY1 cable channel.
The Drama Desk Awards ceremony will be held 9 PM May 19 at the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.
This year's nominating committee includes Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, committee chairman; David Finkle of Theatermania.com and The Village Voice; Susan Haskins of "Theater Talk"; Harry Haun of Playbill Magazine; Edward Karam of The Times of London; David Sheward of Back Stage; and Barbara Siegel of Theatermania.com and Siegel Entertainment Syndicate. Sheward is the longtime president of the Drama Desk, an organization of theatre editors, reporters and critics which was formed in 1949. Unlike many theatre award-giving bodies, the Drama Desk considers all New York theatre productions equally, frequently nominating Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway artists in the same category.
The awards ceremony will be produced by Lauren Class Schneider and directed by Jeff Kalpak. The telecast will be presented by Robert R. Blume and TheatreSport, Ltd. Sarah Galvin, Les Schecter and Jae French are associate producers and Randie Levine Miller is executive director for Drama Desk.
More information on the Drama Desk Organization can be found on the World Wide Web; the URL address is Dramadesk.
—By Robert Simonson