Six and Kimberly Akimbo top 2022 Drama Desk nominations | The Broadway Buzz

The nominations have been announced for the 66th annual Drama Desk Awards, recognizing the best theater on Broadway, off and off-off-Broadway during the 2021-22 season. George Takei announced the nominations on May 16. The winners of this year’s Drama Desk Awards will be announced the week of June 6. The New Tony Nominated Musical Six earned the most nominations with 10, including a Special Award for Ensemble Cast. Bound for Broadway Kimberly Akimbo followed closely with nine nominations.

The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and awarded by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater. The following shows were not eligible as they were considered in other seasons: A strange loop, for girls of color who have thought about suicide/when the rainbow is enough, Hangmen, Girl from the North Country, Skeleton Crew, The Lehman Trilogy Dana H., Is it a piece, beyond Babel, coal country, get down on your knees, the patsy and What to send when it breaks down. mind problem was considered a revival due to its eligibility when it ran off Broadway in 1955.

Here is a full list of nominees:

Outstanding game

Cullud Wattahby Erika Dickerson-Daspenza

Englishby Sanaz Toossi

Prayer for the French Republicby Joshua Harmon

Sanctuary cityby Martyna Majok

Sell ​​Kabulby Sylvia Khoury

The Chinese Ladyby Lloyd Suh

Outstanding Musical


intimate clothes

Kimberly Akimbo


The shot

Exceptional revival of a piece

for girls of color who have thought about suicide/when the rainbow is enough

How I learned to drive

Lackawanna Blues

Skeleton crew

mind problem

Twilight: Lost Angels, 1992

Outstanding Revival of a Musical



Caroline or Change


Outstanding Actor in a Play
Brandon J. Dirden, Skeleton crew
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, take me out
Jacob Ming-Trent happy wives
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues
John Douglas Thompson, The merchant of Venice

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tala Ashe, English
Ruth Nega, macbeth
Andrea Patterson, Cullud Wattah
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton crew
Shannon Tyo, The Chinese Lady
Michael Wilson, Confederates

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Billy Crystal, Mr Saturday night
Myles Frost, GM
Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire
Jaquel Spivey, A strange loop
Chip Zien, Harmony

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Kearstin Piper Brown, intimate clothes
Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo
Sharon D. Clarke, Caroline or Change
Joan of Waal, Diana
Joaquina Kalukango, place of paradise

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Joshua Boone, Skeleton crew
chuck cooper, mind problem
Daniel K. Isaac, The Chinese Lady
Billy Eugene Jones, About Sugarland
Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Francis Benhamou, Prayer for the French Republic
Stephanie Berry, About Sugarland
Sonnie Brown, what you are now
PageLeong, Out of time
Kenita R. Miller, for girls of color who have thought about suicide/when the rainbow is enough
Kara Young, Clyde’s

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Justin Austin, intimate clothes
Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo
Matt Doyle, Company
Jared Grimes, funny girl
Tavon Olds-Sample, GM

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Judy Kuhn, killers
Tamika Laurent, More black
Patti LuPone, Company
Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo
Jennifer Simard, Company

Outstanding solo performance
Alex Edelman, just for us
Arthur Luis Soria, Ni Mi Mother
Kristina Wang, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

Outstanding Director of a Play
Knud Adams, English
Sahim Ali, happy wives
Rebecca Frecknall, Sanctuary city
Taibi Magar, Twilight: Lost Angels, 1992
Whitney White, About Sugarland

Outstanding Director of a Musical
John Doyle, killers
Marianne Elliott, Company
Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage Six
Bartlett Sher, intimate clothes
Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Choreography
Ayodele Casel (tapping choreography), funny girl
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Six
Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman & Jason Oremus (Irish Hammerstep), Gelan Lambert & Chloe Davis (partners), place of paradise
Liam Steel, Company
Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Balderrama (partner), Rich and Tone Taleuega (Michael Jackson Movement), GM

Outstanding Music Presented by Music Theater International
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Six
Jason Howland, place of paradise
Matt Ray, The shot
Carrie Rodriguez, Americans !
Jeanine Tesori, Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Lyrics Presented by Music Theater International
Amanda Green, Mr Saturday night
Taylor Mac, The shot
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Six
David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo
Lynn Note, intimate clothes
Shaina Taub, enough

Outstanding Book of a Musical Presented by Music Theater International
Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, Mr Saturday night
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Six
Lynn Note, intimate clothes
Bruce Susan, Harmony

Outstanding Orchestrations
Tom Curan, Six
Greg Jarret, killersClassic Stage Company
Mark Hartman and Yasuhiko Fukuoka, The streets of New York
Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg, GM

Outstanding Music in a Play
Te’La & Kamauu, Thoughts of a colored man
Bill Sims Jr. Lackawanna Blues
Michael Thurber & Farai Malianga (compositions for drums), happy wives

Outstanding Scenography for a Play
Beowulf Borit, happy wives
Wilson Chin, Go over
Marsha Ginsberg, English
Takeshi Kata, Clyde’s
Junghyun Georgia Lee, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

Outstanding Scenography for a Musical Presented by Hudson Scenic
Emma Bailey, Six
Beowulf Borit, fly at sunset
Christie Rabbit, Company
David Zinn, Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Costume Design for a Stage Play
Linda Cho, The Chinese Lady
Gregory Gale, fairy cakes
Tilly Grimes, the alchemist
Qween Jean, About Sugarland
Jennifer Moeller, Clyde’s

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical Presented by Production Resource Group
Machine glare, The shot
Susan Hilferty, funny girl
Santo Loquasto, The music man
Gabriella Slade, Six
Catherine Zuber, intimate clothes

Outstanding lighting design for a game
Christopher Akerlind, Clyde’s
Reza Behjat, English
Isabelle Byrd, Sanctuary city
Amith Chandrashaker, Prayer for the French Republic
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew Cullud Wattah

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Natasha Katz, Diana
Natasha Katz, GM
Bradley King, fly at sunset
Jennifer Tipton, intimate clothes

Outstanding One-Room Sound Design
Tyler Kiefer, Seven capital sins
Hidenori Nakajo and Ryan Rumery Royal Autumn
Ben and Max Ringham, Cyrano de Bergerac
Mikaal Suleiman, Sanctuary city
Lee Kinney, Sell ​​Kabul

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company
Paul Gatehouse, Six
Kai Harada, Kimberly Akimbo
Gareth Owen, GM

Outstanding Projection Design
59 productions, fly at sunset
David Bengali, Twilight: Lost Angels, 1992
Stephania Bulbarella and Alex Basco Koch, space dogs
Shawn Duan, The Chinese lady
Sven Ortel, Thoughts of a colored man

Outstanding wig and hair design
Matthieu B. Armentrout, place of paradise
David Brian Brown, Mrs. Doubtfire
Paul Huntley, Diana
Charles LaPointe, GM

Outstanding Puppet Design
Amanda Villalobos, wolf game
James Ortiz, The skin of our teeth
Rockefeller Productions, Winnie the Pooh

The Chase Prize for a Unique Theater Experience

Seven capital sinsTectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live

Outstanding adaptation

happy wivesby Jocelyne Bioh

the alchemistby Jeffrey Hatcher

Package Price:
Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Brittney Mack, Abby Mueller, Samantha Pauly and Anna Uzele, Six
The actors bring to life the musical lives of the women who married King Henry VIII of England. The whimsical result is a dynamic dramatization of their individually purposeful and collective journeys.

Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award:
Marjan Neshat
This season, as a woman hiding her brother from the Taliban in Sylvia Khoury Sell ​​Kabul and an English teacher who straddles two very different cultures at Sanaz Toossi English, Marjan Neshat embodied such disparate characters that it was difficult to recognize the single actor in both roles. Whether in drama or comedy, Neshat extracts from the playwright’s text a vast panoply of emotions that result in vivid and complex portrayals of the roles she takes on.

Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement Award:
Alice Childress.
In four decades as a playwright, novelist, actress and director, Alice Childress (1912-1994) challenged racism with compelling stories and memorable characters. When a New York producer requested revisions to lessen the impact of mind problem, Childress pulled the script. Sixty-five years later, the Drama Desk is celebrating the delayed Broadway premiere of this timeless masterpiece and hailing Childress as a towering figure in contemporary theater history.

Additional special rewards:

Dede Ayite seems to have costumed half of the actors of this theatrical season with his creations for happy wives, Seven capital sins, The last of the love letters, Chicken and cookies, slave play, Nollywood Dreams, American buffaloand How I learned to drive. Whether dressing working-class Marylanders of the 1960s, amateur criminals of the 1970s, or West African immigrants in today’s Harlem, Ayite has a knack for conveying the means, the values ​​and aspirations of the characters before the actors say a word.

Adam Rigg has come up with wildly varied scenic designs this season, including: a timber, shadow, and reflective glass house that draws audiences into Flint, Michigan’s water crisis in Cullud Wattah; a community cul-de-sac where trauma and history are celebrated in About Sugarland; and the falling walls, flower-covered hills and functional seaside stroll of The skin of our teeth.

With the defiant category Oratorio for Living BeingsHeather Christian aims to encompass all of human existence in a single, inventive and strikingly beautiful work. In times of pandemic, war and social upheaval, Christian’s work (directed by Lee Sunday Evans and brought to life by a superb cast and creative team) is an awe-inspiring reminder that, even in the darkest of times, there will be always artists scale peaks.

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