‘Hello, Dolly!’ Parades Forth With 10 Drama Desk Nominations

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New York theater favorites woke up early today to honor the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway, with Laura Benanti and Javier Muñoz unveiling the nominations for the 62nd Drama Desk Awards at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Leading the pack is the hit Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” with 10 nominations. New Broadway musicals “Anastasia” and “Come From Away” followed with nine. Of the 2016–17 season’s plays, the Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's “The Little Foxes” netted the most nominations with seven. “Groundhog Day,” “Holiday Inn,” and “The Price” are a few of the over 30 productions with just one nomination each. (The Broadway iterations of “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Significant Other,” as well as elements of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” were deemed ineligible as they were considered in seasons past.)

READ: Your Official 2017 New York Theater Awards Calendar

The Drama Desk Awards are the last to be presented each theater season before The Tony Awards. Last year Cynthia Erivo, who won an outstanding actress Drama Desk for “The Color Purple,” was also awarded the Tony in that category. The past two winners for outstanding musical, “Fun Home” and “Hamilton,” went on to take home the distinction of best new musical at the Tony Awards.

Special awards will be doled out to “The Wolves” for outstanding ensemble and Phil LaDuca of LaDuca Dance Shoes. Director Lila Neugebauer will receive the Sam Norkin Award.

Drama Desk Award winner and former show host Michael Urie will emcee the awards ceremony June 4 at Town Hall, presented by TheaterMania. Founded in 1949, the Drama Desk is made up of media professionals covering New York City theater. The organization nominates and votes for the winners across 30 categories each spring. This year the nominating committee saw almost 300 productions all around the city, according to Drama Desk president Charles Wright.

For a partial list of the 2017 Drama Desk Award nominations, see below. Congrats to all the nominees!

Outstanding Play
“If I Forget”
“A Life”

Outstanding Musical
“The Band's Visit”
“Come From Away”
“The Lightning Thief”

Outstanding Revival of a Play
“The Front Page”
“The Hairy Ape”
“The Little Foxes”
"Master Harold"... and the Boys”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
“Hello, Dolly!”
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
“Sweet Charity”
“Tick, Tick...BOOM!”

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, “The Hairy Ape”
Daniel Craig, “Othello”
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”
David Hyde Pierce, “A Life”
John Douglas Thompson, “Jitney”

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cate Blanchett, “The Present”
Laura Linney, “The Little Foxes”
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll's House, Part 2”
Amy Ryan, “Love, Love, Love”
Harriet Walter, “The Tempest”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nick Blaemire, “Tick, Tick...BOOM!”
Jon Jon Briones, “Miss Saigon”
Nick Cordero, “A Bronx Tale”
Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day”
Jeremy Secomb, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare, “Anastasia”
Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Sutton Foster, “Sweet Charity”
Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”
Laura Osnes, “Bandstand”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, “Oslo”
Danny DeVito, “The Price”
Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”
Jeremy Shamos, “If I Forget”
Justice Smith, “Yen”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll's House, Part 2”
Randy Graff, “The Babylon Line”
Marie Mullen, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”
Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes”
Emily Skinner, “Picnic”
Kate Walsh, “If I Forget”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!”
Jeffry Denman, “Kid Victory”
George Salazar, “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”
Ari'el Stachel, “The Band's Visit”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”
Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”
Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”
Nora Schell, “Spamilton”

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