Liev Schreiber Wins Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Actor

Theater Pros Practice Freaking Out at the Drama Desk Awards

The annual Drama Desk Awards reward not just Broadway productions, but also Off and Off-Off Broadway shows. Inclusive as that may seem, the ceremony (held this year on Sunday night at Fiorello LaGuardia High School) also has an added, low-profile benefit for just the Broadway actors: It allows them a chance to practice working through their jittery awards-show nerves and bumbling speeches before having to go through it all again on live national television at the Tonys. (This year, the Tonys go down June 13 at Radio City Music Hall.)

“There is no logic to this sort of thing, that it should be so nerve-racking and nauseating,” said Liev Schreiber backstage after a slightly fumbled acceptance speech for Outstanding Actor in a Play for A View From the Bridge. “There is no logic to professionals who make their living eight nights a week performing in front of live audiences, crawling in puddles of mud when they do these awards ceremonies, which is what happened to me this evening.” In good humor, he looked for answers. “Part of it was because I completely was counting on the fact that Alfred Molina would win,” he explained. “And the other part is that I thought it was bad luck to write speeches. I’m going to reevaluate that philosophy.”

Full List of Winners of The Drama Desk Awards:

Outstanding Actor in a Play: Liev Schreiber

Outstanding New Play: Red, Josh Logan

Outstanding New Musical: Memphis

Outstanding Revival of a Play: Fences and a View From a Bridge

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: La Cage Aux Folles

Outstanding Musical Revue: “Sondheim on Sondheim”

Outstanding Director of a Play: Michael Grandage, Red

Outstanding Director of a Musical: Michael Mayer, American Idiot

Outstanding Choreographer: Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Montego Glover, Memphis and Catherine Zeta Jones, A Little Night Music

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Douglas Hodge, La Cage Aux Folles

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Viola Davis

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Santino Fontana, Brighton Beach Memoirs

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Katie Finneran, revival of Promises, Promises

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Christopher Fitzgerald, the revival of Finian’s Rainbow

Outstanding Book of a Musical: Alex Timbers, Off Broadway’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

Outstanding Music in a Musical: David Bryan, Memphis

Outstanding Music in a Play: Branford Marsalis, Fences

Outstanding Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys

Outstanding Orchestrations: Daryl Waters and David Bryan Memphis

Outstanding Costume Design: Matthew Wright, La Cage Aux Folles

The Outstanding Set Design: Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch & Basil Twist for The Addams Family

Outstanding Costumes: Matthew Wright, La Cage Aux Folles

Outstanding Lighting Design: Neil Austin, Red

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical: Acme Sound Partners (Ragtime)

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play: Fitz Patton (When The Rain Stops Falling)

Outstanding Solo Performance: Jim Brochu (Zero Mostel in Zero Hour.)

Unique Theatrical Experience: Love, Loss and What I Wore

Outstanding Ensemble Awards for Acting: The Temperamentals and The Orphan’s Home Cycle.

Special Awards went to Jerry Herman, Godlight Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company.


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