Yesterday, June 3, The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held at The Town Hall, celebrating this year's big winners. The festivities were presided over by star of stage and screen Brooke Shields and Broadway favorite - and previous Drama Desk winner - Brian d'Arcy James.
BroadwayWorld was on the red carpet for the starry arrivals and brings you Part 1 of the photo coverage below! CLICK HERE for Part 2 and CLICK HERE for a complete list of the evening's honorees and winners!
The awards were presented by award winning dramatists including Doug Wright and Rick Elice; legendary composers: Maury Yeston, William Finn; directors Roger Rees, Alex Timbers; designers Peggy Eisenhauer; orchestrators Jonathan Tunick; Oskar Eustis, and Jenny Gersten; and performers Martha Plimpton, John Larroquette, Julie Halston and Bernadette Peters.
This year’s show featured performances by Miche Braden, Jessie Mueller, Kevin Earley, Marin Mazzie, and Molly Ranson from Drama Desk recognized productions including The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Death Takes a Holiday, and Carrie with a special performance by the Drama Desk winning cast of Newsical.
In keeping with the Drama Desk's mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway during the 2011-2012 New York theater season in the same competitive categories. The Board also decided to eliminate the category of Orchestrations.
The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. For more information, visit www.dramadeskawards.com.
Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi
Andrew Samonsky and Mary Testa
David Zippel and Karyl Lynn Burns
Cara Francis and Christopher Loar
Stephen Karam and Santino Fontana
Jack Cummings III, Andrew Samonsky, Mary Testa, Lori Feinman and Michael Starobin
Robert R. Blume and Sonya Owczarek
Sonya Owczarek, Robert R. Blume, Renee McCurry and Stephen Tyler Davis
Grant Olding and guest
Baba Brinkman and guest
Jean Doumanian, David Cromer and Tom Wirtshafter
Julie Dale and Jim Dale
Gareth Fry and guest
Patrick Page and Paige Davis
Jennifer Lim and guest
Maury Yeston, Larry Hockman and Kevin Earley
Donna Jarratt and Norm Lewis
Cynthia Harris and Scott Alan Evans
Kim Martin-Cotten and Jim Sullivan
Frank Wildhorn and Carly Robyn Green
Melissa van Der Schyff
Claybourne Elder and Melissa van Der Schyff
Kimberly Herbert Gregory
Douglas Carter Beane and Guest
Phillip Boykin and Felicia Boykin
Jerry Marsini, Tony Speciale, Joe Curnutte and Jess Burkle
Michael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye
Joe Trentacosta and Suli Holum
Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas
Michael McGrath and Kathleen McGrath