Cy Coleman's The Life a portrait of life among Times Square hookers circa 1980, won the Drama Desk Award as Best Musical May The Life which previously was named Best Musical by the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle, also won Drama Desk Awards May 18 Best Music for Coleman, and Best Featured Actress for Lillias White.
Paula Vogel's Off-Broadway drama, How I Learned To Drive won for Outstanding New Play.
Dana Ivey won Best Featured Actress in a Play for both her Broadway roles this season: Sex and Longing and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
Conspicuous by its absence was any award to Kander & Ebb's Steel Pier.
Here is a complete list of the winners:
Best New Play: How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
Best Musical: The Life by Cy Coleman, Ira Gasman, David Newman
Best Revue: Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly
Best Revival of a Musical: Chicago
Best Revival of a Play: A Doll's House
Best Director of a Play: Mark Brokaw, How I Learned To Drive
Best Director of a Musical: Walter Bobbie, Chicago
Best Actor in a Play: (tie) David Morse, How I Learned To Drive and Christopher Plummer, Barrymore
Best Actress in a Play: Janet McTeer, A Doll's House
Best Actress in a Musical: Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
Best Music: Cy Coleman, The Life
Best Lyrics: Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lillias White, The Life
Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Joel Grey, Chicago
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Brian Murray, The Little Foxes
Best Featured Actress In A Play: Dana Ivey, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Sex and Longing
Best Solo/One-Woman Show: Fiona Shaw, The Waste Land
Unique Theatrical Experience: The Waste Land
Best Sound Design: John Gromada, The Skriker
Best Choreography: Ann Reinking, Chicago
Best Lighting Design: Ken Billington, Chicago
Best Set of a Play: David Gallo and Jan Hartley, Bunny, Bunny
Best Set of a Musical: Robin Phillips, James Noone/Christina Poddubiuk, Jekyll & Hyde
Best Costumes: Howard Crabtree, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly
The Drama Desk is an organization of New York theatrer journalists. It gives awards for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. The May 18 ceremony was held at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
-- By Robert Viagas