AwardsSpongeBob SquarePants Leads 2018 Drama Desk Awards
June 03, 2018
The new musical earned six wins at the 63rd annual ceremony.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical was the big winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Awards, earning six wins at the June 3 ceremony including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical for Tina Landau.
The show, based on the Nickelodeon cartoon series, also received wins for two of its performers: title player Ethan Slater and featured actor Gavin Lee. The revival of Carousel rounded out the musical performance categories, with Jessie Mueller and Lindsay Mendez earning Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Featured Actress, respectively.
Carousel ultimately won five awards, as did Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Outstanding Revival of a Play and Revival of a Musical went to Angels in America and My Fair Lady, respectively, with the former also picking up wins for Andrew Garfield (Outstanding Actor) and Nathan Lane (Featured Actor).
Off-Broadway representation for the evening included the new musical Desperate Measures, which won Outstanding Music for David Friedman and Outstanding Lyrics for Peter Kellogg, and Joshua Harmon’s Admissions, which won Outstanding Play from a category of exclusively Off-Broadway productions.
In addition to the presentation of awards, the Michael Urie-hosted ceremony featured performances from a number of this year's nominees, including Ashley Park (nominated for KPOP and Mean Girls), Gizel Jiménez (Miss You Like Hell), and Carousel's Mendez and Alexander Gemignani.
See below for the complete list of winners.
Outstanding Musical SpongeBob SquarePants
Outstanding Play Admissions, by Joshua Harmon
Outstanding Revival of a Musical My Fair Lady
Outstanding Revival of a Play Angels in America
Outstanding Actress in a Play Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King
Outstanding Solo Performance Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke
The Chase Award for Unique Theatrical Experience Derren Brown: Secret
Outstanding Puppet Design Michael Curry, Frozen
Special Awards Outstanding Ensemble: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Presented to Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Zainab Jah, Nike Kadri, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Myra Lucretia Taylor)
Sam Norkin Award: Juan Castano (Oedipus El Rey, A Parallelogram,Transfers)
Sean Carvajal and Edi Gathegi (Jesus Hopped the A Train)
Inside the 2018 Drama Desk Awards Hosted By Michael Urie