Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris Among 2014 Drama Desk Awards Winners
The 59th Drama Desk Awards saw Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris going home with one trophy each. The ceremony was held on Sunday, June 1 at midtown Gotham venue Town Hall to honor the best productions in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway.
Cranston won the Outstanding Actor in a Play category through his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way". Harris, meanwhile, had to share his prize of Outstanding Actor in a Musical with Jefferson Mays from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder".
The biggest winner of the night was "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder". Beside winning the coveted Outstanding Musical, the Broadway production won in six other categories including Mays' acting accolade as the eight member of the D'Ysquith family. The play is also on the path to win big at the Tony Awards next Sunday with a total of 10 nominations.
Another notable name that appeared as Drama Desk Award winner was Audra McDonald. The actress won for her role as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill". Jessie Mueller beat Idina Menzel among others to earn Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the title character in "Beloved: The Carole King Musical".
Full Winners List of 2014 Drama Desk Awards:
- Play: "All the Way"
- Musical: "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Revival of a Play: "Twelfth Night"
- Revival of a Musical: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
- Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, "All the Way"
- Actress in a Play: Audra McDonald, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill"
- Actor in a Musical (TIE): Neil Patrick Harris, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and Jefferson Mays, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, "Beautiful"
- Featured Actor in a Play: Reed Birney, "Casa Valentina"
- Featured Actress in a Play: Celia Keenan-Bolger, "The Glass Menagerie"
- Featured Actor in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, "Aladdin"
- Featured Actress in a Musical (TIE): Anika Larsen, "Beautiful" and Lauren Worsham, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Director of a Play: Tim Carroll, "Twelfth Night"
- Director of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, "Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Choreography: Warren Carlyle, "After Midnight"
- Music: Jason Robert Brown, "The Bridges of Madison County"
- Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Book of a Musical: Robert L. Freedman, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Orchestrations: Jason Robert Brown, "The Bridges of Madison County"
- Music in a Play: Nico Muhly, "The Glass Menagerie"
- Revue: "After Midnight"
- Set Design: Christopher Barreca, "Rocky"
- Costume Design: William Ivey Love, "Bullets Over Broadway"
- Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind, "Rocky"
- Projection Design: Aaron Rhyne, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
- Sound Design in a Musical: Brian Ronan, "Beautiful"
- Sound Design in a Play: Matt Tierney, "Machinal"
- Solo Performance: John Douglas Thompson, "Satchmo at the Waldorf"
- Unique Theatrical Experience: "Cirkopolis"
- Special Awards: Soho Rep, Veanne Cox, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the ensembles of Off-Broadway's "The Open House" and Broadway's "The Realistic Joneses" and to the creator of both plays, Will Eno.
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