2019 Drama Desk Award Winners

Congratulations to all! See below for the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Play

The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth

Outstanding Musical

The Prom

Outstanding Revival of a Play

The Waverly Gallery

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Off-Broadway

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Jay O. Sanders, Uncle Vanya

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Tom Glynn-Carney, The Ferryman

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill A Mockingbird

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

André De Shields, Hadestown

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Ali Stroker, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Outstanding Director of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown

Outstanding Choreography presented by LaDuca Shoes

Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Music presented by Music Theatre International

David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Lyrics presented by Music Theatre International

David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Book of a Musical presented by Music Theatre International

Robert Horn, Tootsie

Outstanding Orchestrations

Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Outstanding Music in a Play

Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Outstanding Set Design of a Play

Matt Saunders, “Daddy”

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical presented by Hudson Scenic Studio

David Korins, Beetlejuice

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

Bob Mackie, The Cher Show

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play

Amith Chandrashaker, Boesman and Lena

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical presented by Production Resource Group

Bradley King, Hadestown

Outstanding Projection Design

Peter England, King Kong

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Nick Powell, The Ferryman

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design

Charles G. LaPointe, The Cher Show

Outstanding Solo Performance

Mike Birbiglia, The New One

Unique Theatrical Experience

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da/Laura Little Theatrical Productions / Sheen Center

Outstanding Fight Choreography

Claire Warden, Slave Play

Outstanding Puppet Design

Sonny Tilders, King Kong

Special Awards:

Ensemble Award: To the uncanny ensemble of Dance Nation for their pointed portrait of a dance troupe riven by competition but fused by the experiences of youth: Purva Bedi, Eboni Booth, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Dina Shihabi, Ellen Maddow, Christina Rouner, Thomas Jay Ryan, Lucy Taylor, and Ikechukwu Ufomadu.

Sam Norkin Award: To Montana Levi Blanco, who enriched this season with his vibrant and detailed costumes for FairviewThe House That Will Not StandFabulation, Or the Re-Education of UndineEddie and Dave“Daddy,” and Ain’t No Mo’. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more, telling us a complete story about its wearer while giving us something fabulous to look at.

To Mia Katigbak, the backbone of the off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two PartsThe Trial of the Catonsville NinePeace for Mary Frances and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.

To Repertorio Español for presenting a year-round rotating repertory of new and classic Spanish-language plays in its intimate Gramercy venue. For the past 51 years, Repertorio has been an indispensable theater for Spanish-speaking audiences, while inviting non-Spanish-speaking theatergoers to discover the delights of the Spanish-language canon and introducing New York audiences to the work of actors like Zulema Clares and Germán Jaramillo.

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