Theater Pizzazz is reposting some of its reviews of nominees in eight categories (click the titles):

The 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, take place at The Town Hall on Sunday June 5th, 8 pm    www.DramaDeskAwards,com




Outstanding Play 

The Christians   (review by Michael Bracken)

The Humans      (review by Brian Scott Lipton)

John  (review by Michael Bracken)

King Charles III  (review by Michael Bracken)

The Royale  (review by Samuel L. Leiter)


Outstanding Musical

First Daughter Suite (review by Sandi Durell)

First Daughter Suite Public Theater/Anspacher Theater Cast List: Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa, Barbara Walsh Production Credits: Kirsten Sanderson (director) Chase Brock (choreographer) Michael Starobin & Bruce Coughlin (orchestrations) Seymour Red Press (music coordinator) Or Matias (music director) Scott Pask (scenic design) Toni-Leslie James (costume design) Tyler Micoleau (lighting design) Ken Travis (sound design) Robert-Charles Vallance (hair & wig design) Other Credits: Written by: Michael John LaChiusa - See more at:

Daddy Long Legs  (review by Sandi Durell)

School of Rock (review by Sandi Durell)

Shuffle Along   review by Carol Rocamora)

Waitress  (review by Sandi Durell)


Outstanding Revival of a Play

Cloud Nine  (review by Michael Bracken)                                                            SALESMAN_photosby_Ronald_L_Glassman_04-300x291

Death of a Salesman  (review by  Myra Chanin)

Henry IV

Long Day’s Journey Into Night  (review by JK Clarke)


A View From the Bridge  (review by Sandi Durell)

Women Without Men


fiddler21f-3-web-1Outstanding Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple  (review by Brian Scott Lipton)

The Golden Bride  (review by Myra Chanin)

Fiddler on the Roof  (review by Sandi Durell)

She Loves Me  (review by Marcina Zaccaria)

Spring Awakening  (review by Michall Jeffers)


Outstanding Actor in a Play

Andrew Garman (The Christians)

Avi Hoffman (Death of a Salesman)

Frank Langella (The Father)   (review by Brian Scott Lipton)

Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III)

Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge)


Outstanding Actress in a Play

Georgia Engel (John)

Mamie Gummer (Ugly Lies the Bone)

Marin Ireland (Ironbound)  (review by Samuel L. Leiter)

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)  (review by Marcina Zaccaria)

Michael C. Hall (Lazarus)  (review by Brian Scott Lipton)

Zachary Levi (She Loves Me)

Benjamin Walker (American Psycho)  (review by Sandi Durell)


Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti (She Loves Me)                                                                                 unspecified-6-1

Carmen Cusack (Bright Star)  (review by Sandi Durell)

Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple)

Jessie Mueller (Waitress)

Annette O’Toole (Southern Comfort)  (review by Samuel L. Leiter)