2016 Drama Desk Award Winners!


2016 Drama Desk Award Winners 
Rain did not deter the splendid showing of glamorous women and good looking men on the red carpet as the 2016 Drama Desk Award evening got under way prior to the show and announcement of Winners that took place on June 5 at Town Hall.  
The evening, hosted by the always jolly Michael Urie, had a few surprises but it was Shuffle Along that brought in the most awards as outstanding musical and The Humans for outstanding play. In the musical revival category, She Loves Me led along with A View From the Bridge for play.
Top awards went to Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon, Frank Langella, Jane Krakowski and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.  See the full list of winners below.
On the Red Carpet and in the press room for Theater Pizzazz was JK Clarke behind the camera and Michael Stever filming interviews along with Sandi Durell.
See Part 2 - Winner Video Interviews 





Image Gallery - 2016 Drama Desk Winners

  • Michael Shannon and Jessica Lange - Outstanding Featured Actor and Actress in a Play (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
  • Michael Shannon - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
  • Jessica Lange - Outstanding Actress in a Play (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
  • Jane Krakowski
  • Jessica Lange (Outstanding Actress, Play), Cynthia Erivo (Outstanding Actress, Musical)
  • Danai Gurira, Saycon Sengbloh
  • Kris Davis, Montego Glover
  • Justin Townsend - Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (The Humans)
  • Mia M. Neal - Outstanding Wig & Hair (Shuffle Along)
  • Special Drama Desk Award Recipients - Camp Broadway
  • Unique Theatrical Experience - That Physics Show
  • Christopher Fitzgerald - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Waitress)

2016 Drama Desk Winners

Outstanding Play
The Christians, Playwrights Horizons
*The Humans, Roundabout Theatre Company
John, Signature Theatre
King Charles III
The Royale, Lincoln Center Theater
Outstanding Musical
Daddy Long Legs
First Daughter Suite, Public Theater
School of Rock
*Shuffle Along
Outstanding Revival of a Play
Cloud Nine, Atlantic Theater Company
Death of a Salesman, New Yiddish Rep
Henry IV, Donmar Warehouse at St. Ann's Warehouse
Long Day's Journey Into Night, Roundabout Theatre Company
*A View from the Bridge
Women Without Men, Mint Theater Company

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
The Golden Bride, National Yiddish Theatre Folkesbiene
*She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company
Spring Awakening

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Andrew Garman, The Christians, Playwrights Horizons
Avi Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
*Frank Langella, The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Georgia Engel, John, Signature Theatre
Mamie Gummer, Ugly Lies the Bone, Roundabout Undeground
Marin Ireland, Ironbound, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Women's Project Theater
*Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Nicola Walker, A View from the Bridge

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
*Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Robert Creighton, Cagney, York Theatre Company
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus, New York Theatre Workshop
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
*Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Annette O'Toole, Southern Comfort, Public Theater
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Bill Camp, The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off, Roundabout Theatre Company
Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride, MCC Theater
*Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Richard Thomas, Incident at Vichy, Signature Theatre
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Brooke Bloom, Cloud Nine
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Kellie Overbey, Women Without Men
*Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed, Public Theater
Jeanine Serralles, Gloria, Vineyard Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Nicholas Barasch, She Loves Me
*Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Baylee Littrell, Disaster!
Paul Alexander Nolan, Bright Star
A.J. Shively, Bright Star
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen, Second Stage
*Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Director of a Play
Rachel Chavkin, The Royale
Sam Gold, John
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Jenn Thompson, Women Without Men
*Ivo van Hove, A View from the Bridge

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
*John Doyle, The Color Purple
Rupert Goold, American Psycho
*Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof
Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner, The Golden Bride
Outstanding Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
*Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Lynne Page, American Psycho
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Outstanding Music
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite
Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock
The Lobbyists, SeaWife, Naked Angels
*Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Outstanding Lyrics
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite
*Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Glenn Slater, School of Rock
Outstanding Book of a Musical
*John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite
Jessie Nelson, Waitress
Outstanding Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
*Larry Hochman, She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company
Joseph Joubert and Catherine Jayes, The Color Purple
Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock
Michael Starobin and Bruce Coughlin, First Daughter Suite
Outstanding Music in a Play
Billie Joe Armstrong, These Paper Bullets!, Atlantic Theatre Company
Estelle Bajou, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, One Year Lease Theater Company
Shaun Davey, Pericles, Theatre for a New Audience
*Philip Glass, The Crucible
Tom Kitt, Cymbeline, Public Theater
Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Riccardo Hernandez, Red Speedo, New York Theatre Workshop
Mimi Lien, John
Derek McLane, Fully Committed
G. W. Mercier, Head of Passes, Public Theater
*Christopher Oram, Hughie
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Es Devlin, American Psycho
Emily Orling, Matt Saunders, Eric Farber, Futurity, Soho Rep/Ars Nova
*David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jessica Ford, These Paper Bullets!
Martha Hally, Women Without Men
Constance Hoffman, Pericles
William Ivey Long, Shows for Days, Lincoln Center Theater
*Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Jane Greenwood, Bright Star
Katrina Lindsay, American Psycho
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
*Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Alejo Vietti, Allegiance
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Neil Austin, Hughie
Mark Barton, John
Bradley King, Empanada Loca, Labyrinth Theater Company
Tyler Micoleau, Antlia Pneumatica, Playwrights Horizons
*Justin Townsend, The Humans
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Jane Cox, The Color Purple
Jake DeGroot, SeaWife
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
*Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Outstanding Projection Design 
Nicholas Hussong, These Paper Bullets!
Darrel Maloney, Tappin' Thru Life
Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
*Finn Ross, American Psycho
Tal Yarden, Lazarus
Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Mikhail Fiksel and Miles Polaski, Fulfillment, The Flea Theater
Fitz Patton, An Act of God
*Fitz Patton, The Humans
Bray Poor, John
Ryan Rumery, Empanada Loca
Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Scott Lehrer, Shuffle Along
Mick Potter, School of Rock
Brian Ronan, Lazarus
*Dan Moses Schreier, American Psycho
Nevin Steinberg, Bright Star
Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
David Brian Brown, She Loves Me
Jason Hayes, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Charles G. LaPointe, The School for Scandal, Red Bull Theater
*Mia M. Neal, Shuffle Along
Robert-Charles Vallance, Women Without Men
Outstanding Solo Performance
Simon Callow, Tuesdays at Tesco's, 59E59
Kathleen Chalfant, Rose, Nora's Playhouse
*Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
James Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Empanada Loca

Unique Theatrical Experience
ADA/AVA, Manual Cinema/3LD/The Tank
Antigona - Soledad Barrio/Noche Flamenca
*That Physics Show
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
YOUARENOWHERE - 3LD/The Tank/Andrew J. Schneider Performance/Lingua Franca Arts
Special Awards
The Humans - Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, and Sarah Steele spend a very special Thanksgiving Day together in Stephen Karam's play, reminding us that home is indeed where The Humans are. 
The Royale - Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
The heavyweight cast of McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, Montego Glover, John Lavelle, and Clarke Peters gels as a unit in bringing Marco Ramirez's story, inspired by Jack Johnson, to unforgettable life, offering a trenchant statement on racism in America.
Sheldon Harnick - Special Drama Desk Award
New productions of Fiddler on the RoofRothschild and Sons, and She Loves Me this season remind us that this veteran lyricist's takes on faith, family and community are as resonant as ever.
Camp Broadway - Special Drama Desk Award
For more than 20 years, this indispensable organization has introduced young people to the magic of theater. Camp Broadway plays a crucial role in creating tomorrow's audiences.
Danai Gurira - Sam Norkin Award
Whether writing about women in wartime Liberia in Eclipsed or about an affluent immigrant family from Zimbabwe struggling with assimilation in Familiar, Danai Gurira demonstrates great insight, range, and depth, bringing a fresh new voice to American theater.  
Note: Eligibility and award category designations for the productions under consideration this season were determined by the Drama Desk Board of Directors. Because of the abundance of work throughout the season, the Board also authorized increasing the number of nominees allowed in select categories.






Red Carpet Arrivals


  • Michael Urie - Host
  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Reid Birney
  • Jessica Lange
  • Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon
  • Sarah Bareilles
  • Maura Tierny
  • Mamie Gummer
  • Danny Burstein
  • Jane Krakowski
  • Sheldon Harnick
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Judith Light
  • Judith Light
  • Richard Kind
  • Chita Rivera
  • A. J. Shively
  • James Lecesne
  • Carmen Cusack
  • Marin Ireland





Photos: JK Clarke