Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theatre critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theatre "without any vested interest in the results.”
Two new musicals, which are both now closed, received nine nominations each, the most of any production of the season: the Off-Broadway musical Giant, seen at the Public Theater, and the short-lived Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, based on the documentary film of the same name. Three other musicals, Broadway's Matilda and The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the Off-Broadway revival of Passion, earned six nominations apiece.
The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place May 19 at 8 PM at The Town Hall. The show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group). Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the evening.
The 2012-13 Drama Desk Nominating Committee comprises Barbara Siegel, Chairperson (TalkinBroadway.com and freelance); David Kaufman (author and freelance), Samuel L. Leiter (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center), Martha Wade Steketee (urbanexcavations.com; editor and contributor, Chance Magazine), Adrian Wattenmaker (Theater Faculty, Brooklyn College; Director, School of Creative and Performing Arts) and James Wilson (Professor of Theatre, CUNY; co-editor of Journal of American Drama and Theatre).
For more information visit dramadeskawards.com.