Three of Kiss Me, Kate's stars got Drama Desk nominations: (left to right) Michael Mulhern, Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Karen Ziemba (with Mulhern) is a part of Contact, Drama Desk nominated for Best Musical.
Bebe Neuwirth will host the Drama Desk ceremony May 14. The 51-year-old Awards comprises New York theatre journalists, critics and writers. Unlike the Tonys and other awards, the Drama Desk honors Broadway, Off-Broadway, not-for-profit and Off-Off-Broadway productions, with categories often sporting nominees from productions big and small, Uptown and Downtown.