'Once,' 'Tribes' Win Top Drama Desk Awards

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"Once" and "Tribes" continued their winning streaks in New York theater award season, taking the prizes for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Play at the 57th annual Drama Desk Awards, presented on Sunday at Town Hall.

"Once," the musical based on the 2006 Oscar-winning film, has already been named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama League, the Outer Critics Circle, and won several Obie Awards for its Off-Broadway run. The musical, now playing at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, is the favorite to win the Tony Award next week. It also won for John Tiffany's direction, Martin Lowe's orchestrations, and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

"Tribes," Nina Raines' play about a deaf son coping with his hearing family, took home the award for Best Foreign Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle. The play is currently playing Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre, and is ineligible for the Broadway-only Tonys. The Drama Desks consider Broadway and Off-Broadway equally in each of its multiple categories.

"One Man, Two Guvnors," the hilarious import from the National Theatre of Great Britain, took home Drama Desks for lead and featured actor in a play (James Corden and Tom Edden) and original music in a play by Grant Olding. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" won for featured actors and actress in a musical (Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye) as well as for Joe DiPietro's book. "Follies" won for Outstanding Musical Revival and for Danny Burstein's lead performance and Gregg Barnes' costumes, while "Death of a Salesman" was honored as Outstanding Play Revival and for Mike Nichols' direction and Brian MacDevitt's lighting design.

The event was hosted by Brooke Shields and Brian d'Arcy James. A complete list of nominees and winners is below. (Winners are noted with an asterisk.)

Outstanding Play
David Henry Hwang, "Chinglish"
Dan LeFranc, "The Big Meal"
Members of the Plastic Theatre, "Unnatural Acts"
Itamar Moses, "Completeness"
Lynn Nottage, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
*Nina Raine, "Tribes"
Nicky Silver, "The Lyons"

Outstanding Musical
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"Death Takes a Holiday"
"Leap of Faith"
"Newsies The Musical"
"Nice Work If You Can Get It"
"Queen of the Mist"

Outstanding Revival of a Play
"A Little Journey"
*"Death of a Salesman"
"Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque"
"Gore Vidal's The Best Man"
"Lost in Yonkers"
"Richard III"

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
"Jesus Christ Superstar"
"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
"The Threepenny Opera"

Outstanding Actor in a Play
*James Corden, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Hugh Dancy, "Venus in Fur"
Claybourne Elder, "One Arm"
Santino Fontana, "Sons of the Prophet"
Joseph Franchini, "The Navigator"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Death of a Salesman"
Kevin Spacey, "Richard III"

Outstanding Actress in a Play
*Tracie Bennett, "End of the Rainbow"
Sanaa Lathan, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
Linda Lavin, "The Lyons"
Jennifer Lim, "Chinglish"
Kim Martin-Cotten, "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
Carey Mulligan, "Through a Glass Darkly"
Joely Richardson, "Side Effects"

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
*Danny Burstein, "Follies"
Kevin Earley, "Death Takes a Holiday"
Raul Esparza, "Leap of Faith"
Jeremy Jordan, "Newsies The Musical"
Norm Lewis, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
Ricky Martin, "Evita"

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Miche Braden, "The DeviI's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith"
Jan Maxwell, "Follies"
*Audra McDonald, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
Kelli O'Hara, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Bernadette Peters, "Follies"
Molly Ranson, "Carrie"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Bill Camp, "Death of a Salesman"
Jim Dale, "The Road to Mecca"
*Tom Edden, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Bill Irwin, "King Lear"
Jefferson Mays, "Blood and Gifts"
Will Rogers, "Unnatural Acts"
Morgan Spector, "Russian Transport"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Stephanie J. Block, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
Anna Camp, "All New People"
Kimberly Hebert Gregory, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
Lisa Joyce, "The Ugly One"
Joaquina Kalukango, "Hurt Village"
Angela Lansbury, "Gore Vidal's The Best Man"
*Judith Light, "Other Desert Cities"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Phillip Boykin, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
Matt Cavenaugh, "Death Takes a Holiday"
Michael Cerveris, "Evita"
*Michael McGrath, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Patrick Page, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"
Andrew Samonsky, "Queen of the Mist"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
*Judy Kaye, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Marin Mazzie, "Carrie"
Jessie Mueller, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
Elaine Paige, "Follies"
Sarah Sokolovic, "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World"
Melissa van der Schyff, "Bonnie & Clyde"

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jo Bonney, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
David Cromer, "Tribes"
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, "These Seven Sicknesses"
Sam Mendes, "Richard III"
*Mike Nichols, "Death of a Salesman"
Tony Speciale, "Unnatural Acts"

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, "Leap of Faith"
Jack Cummings III, "Queen of the Mist"
Doug Hughes, "Death Takes a Holiday"
Kathleen Marshall, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Eric Schaeffer, "Follies"
*John Tiffany, "Once"

Outstanding Choreography
Rob Ashford, "Evita"
Warren Carlyle, "Follies"
Breandan de Gallal, "Noctu"
*Christopher Gattelli, "Newsies The Musical"
Kathleen Marshall, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Sergio Trujillo, "Leap of Faith"

Outstanding Music
Glen Hansard and Marketa lrqlova, "Once"
Michael John LaChiusa, "Queen of the Mist"
Alan Menken, "Leap of Faith"
*Alan Menken, "Newsies The Musical"
Frank Wildhorn, "Bonnie & Clyde"
Maury Yeston, "Death Takes a Holiday"

Outstanding Lyrics
Don Black, "Bonnie & Clyde"
Jack Feldman, "Newsies The Musical"
Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen, "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World"
*Glen Hansard and Marketa lrqlova, "Once"
Michael John LaChiusa, "Queen of the Mist"
Maury Yeston, "Death Takes a Holiday"

Outstanding Book of a Musical
*Douglas Carter Beane, "Lysistrata Jones"
Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, "Leap of Faith"
Joe DiPietro, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Joy Gregory, "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World"
Michael John LaChiusa, "Queen of the Mist"
Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, "Death Takes a Holiday"

Outstanding Music in a Play
Mark Bennett, "An Iliad"
Mark Bennett, "Richard III"
Tom Kitt, "All's Well That Ends Well"
Gina Leishman, "Septimus and Clarissa"
*Grant Olding, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik, "Carson McCullers Talks About Love"

Outstanding Revue
"Newsical the Musical: End of the World Edition"
*"The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman"

Outstanding Orchestrations
Bill Elliott, "Nice WOrk If You Cna get It"
Larry Hochman, "Death Takes a Holiday"
*Martin Lowe, "Once"
John McDaniel, "BOnnie and Clyde"
Michael Starobin, "Queen of the Mist"
Danny Troob, "Newsies The Musical"

Outstanding Set Design
*Jon Driscoll, Rob Howell and Paul Kieve, "Ghost The Musical"
David Gallo, "The Mountaintop"
Roger Hanna, "A Little Journey"
David Korins, "Assistance"
David Korins, "Chinglish"
Derek McLane, "Follies"

Outstanding Costume Design
*Gregg Barnes, "Follies"
ESosa, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
William Ivey Long, "Lucky Guy"
Jessica Pabst, "She Kills Monsters"
Martin Pakledinaz, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Catherine Zuber, "Death Takes a Holiday"

Outstanding Lighting Design
Kevin Adams, "Carrie"
Neil Austin, "Evita"
David Lander, "One Arm"
*Brian MacDevitt, "Death of a Salesman"
Kenneth Posner, "Death Takes a Holiday"
Paul Pyant, "Richard III"

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
*Acme Sound Partners, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
Jonathan Deans, "Carrie"
Clive Goodwin, "Once"
Kai Harada, "Follies"
Steve Canyon Kennedy, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Jon Weston, "Death Takes a Holiday"

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Quentin Chiappetta/mediaNoise, "The Navigator"
Gregory Clarke, "Misterman"
Gareth Fry, "Richard III"
*John Gromada, "Gore Vidal's The Best Man"
Stowe Nelson, "Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War"
Shane Rettig, "She Kills Monsters"

Outstanding Solo Performance
Baba Brinkman, "The Rap Guide to Evolution"
Suli Holum, "Chimera"
Jeff Key, "The Eyes of Babylon"
*Cillian Murphy, "Misterman"
Denis O'Hare, "An Iliad"
Stephen Spinella, "An Iliad"

Unique Theatrical Experience
"Give Me Your Hand"
*"Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)"
"The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill, Vol. 1: Early
Plays/Lost Plays"
"The Ryan Case 1873"

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
The cast of "Sweet and Sad": Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensley, Maryann Plunkett, Laila
Robins, Jay O. Sanders, and J. Smith-Cameron.

Special Awards
To Mary Testa: For over three decades, she has dazzled audiences with
consistently outstanding work, including her tour-de-force performance in this
season's "Queen of the Mist."

To Nick Westrate: His versatility in "Unnatural Acts," "Love's Labor's Lost," and
"Galileo" was a highlight of the season.

To New Victory Theatre: For providing enchanting, sophisticated children's
theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in
young people.

To Stephen Karam, the newly created Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award: The
profoundly moving "Sons of the Prophet" confirmed his status as one of the most
promising playwrights of his generation.