Here are the 2014 Drama Desk Winners

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder slayed the voters at the 59th annual Drama Desk Awards, taking home seven prizes including Outstanding Musical. The show, which has already won Outstanding Broadway Musical from the Outer Critics Circle and Best Musical from the Drama League, also won for Outstanding Book, Lyrics, and Director of a Musical. In addition, two of its cast members were honored in tie votes. Jefferson Mays, who plays all eight members of the murdered D’Ysquith family, won Outstanding Actor in a Musical in a tie with Neil Patrick Harris of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Lauren Worsham, who plays Phoebe D’Ysquith, tied for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical with Anika Larsen as songwriter Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Larsen’s co-star Jessie Mueller was named Outstanding Actress in a Musical for playing the title character.

 

Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Photo: Joan Marcus)

All the Way, Robert Schekkan’s epic historical drama about the first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency, was voted Outstanding Play and Bryon Cranston, making his Broadway debut in the role of LBJ, was chosen as Outstanding Actor in a Play. In his acceptance speech, the Emmy-winning star of Breaking Bad joked that he really admired stage actors who perform eight shows a week now that he had to adhere to this rigorous schedule himself. “I feel like I’m on a morphine drip,” he laughed. “I also love the crappy little dressing room. I keep expecting to have the same big trailer we get on TV.” Audra McDonald was voted Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance as the tragic jazz singer Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Gentleman’s Guide, the fiendishly funny musical about a would-be lord killing off his distant relatives to get to inherent the family title and fortune, is now considered to be one of the front runners for the Tony Awards to be presented on June 8.

Here is the list of winners:

Outstanding Play
Robert Schenkkan, All the Way

Outstanding Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Twelfth Night

Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Outstanding Actor in a Musical (tie)
Neil Patrick HarrisHedwig and the Angry Inch
Jefferson MaysA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Jessie MuellerBeautiful – The Carole King Musical

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Celia Keenan-BolgerThe Glass Menagerie 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
James Monroe IglehartAladdin

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (tie)
Anika Larsen, Beautiful –  The Carole King Musical
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Outstanding Director of a Play
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Outstanding Choreography
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Outstanding Music
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Outstanding Lyrics
Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder 

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Outstanding Music in a Play
Nico Muhly, The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Revue
After Midnight 

Outstanding Set Design
Christopher Barreca, Rocky

Outstanding Costume Design
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway

Outstanding Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky

Outstanding Projection Design
Aaron Rhyne, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder 

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Matt Tierney, Machinal

Outstanding Solo Performance
John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf

Unique Theatrical Experience
Cirkopolis

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