‘Hamilton,’ ‘Curious Incident’ Win Big at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” continued its domination of New York theater awards May 31 at the 60th annual Drama Desk Awards, becoming the first Off-Broadway musical to take home top honors since “Little Shop of Horrors” in 1983.

Hosted by Laura Benanti, the ceremony recognized the highlights of the 2014–15 season, including “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which earned six awards including outstanding play and director, and “An American in Paris,” which won four including outstanding orchestration and choreography. “Just Jim Dale” won for outstanding revue, Benjamin Scheuer of “The Lion” for outstanding solo performance, and the Paramount Hotel’s “Queen of the Night” for unique theatrical experience.

Miranda was visibly emotional as he accepted the awards for outstanding book, music, and lyrics, three of the seven awards “Hamilton” won. The hip-hop musical, based on the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is scheduled to open at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on Aug. 6.

In the acting categories, Alex Sharp of “Curious Incident” and Helen Mirren of “The Audience” triumphed as leading actor and actress in a play, while Kristin Chenoweth of “On the Twentieth Century” and Robert Fairchild of “An American in Paris” won for leading actor and actress in a musical. Supporting category wins went to Annaleigh Ashford (“You Can’t Take It With You”), K. Todd Freeman (“Airline Highway”), Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Hamilton”), and Christian Borle (“Something Rotten!”).

Could some of these results predict this year’s winners at the Tony Awards, where “Hamilton” will not be eligible? We’ll find out this Sunday, June 7!

For a full list of Drama Desk winners, click here.

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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