By Adam Hetrick
30 Apr 2012
"The Drama Desk prides itself on celebrating New York's rich theatrical community," said Drama Desk president Isa Goldberg in a statement. "Our executive board appreciates the forthright and passionate response to our nominations announcement and have taken your comments to heart. The executive board is very happy to reinstate the Outstanding Orchestrations category and honor the dedication and hard work of this season's talented orchestrators."
The nominees for Outstanding Orchestrations follow:
When Tony-winning Parade composer Jason Robert Brown and his contemporaries reached out to the Drama Desk, Goldberg replied in a letter that "every possible category cannot be recognized in each Awards year. I want to emphasize that the absence of the Outstanding Orchestrations category is not a permanent matter." She also cited constraints on time, space and cost in producing the awards as factors contributing to the initial loss of the category.
The 2011-2012 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of Barbara Siegel, Chairperson (TalkinBroadway.com, TheaterMania.com); Suzanna Bowling (Times Square Chronicles); Lawrence Harbison (Smith and Kraus, Inc.); Mark Peikert (Back Stage); Richard Ridge (Broadway Beat TV/BroadwayWorld.com); and Frank Verlizzo (Fraver Design).