Sunday, July 13, 2014

The 5th Annual David Desk Awards

Audra McDonald adds a David Desk to her numerous awards for
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Yes, I know it's July already and the season's been over for a month, but here they are--the David Desk Awards. For the fifth time, here are my choices for the top performances in New York theater during the past season. The classifications are my own. The Tonys and the Drama Desks decided Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill was best suited for Actress in a Play while the Outer Critics put her in the musical category. I know the play choice would be in keeping with Jane Lapotaire in Piaf and Tracey Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, with the musical numbers being part of the main character's performance in concert. But even the Drama Desk has not been consistent with this. Sian Philips was in the running for Best Actress in a Musical in Marlene even though her performance was largely dramatic. That year (1999) there were very few available nominees for the category--Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun and Carolee Carmello in Parade where the only other ones vying for the top award and they tied. I think that McDonald's performance was so dependent on the musical element, she should have been in that category and that's why I placed her there. (Plus when Lonette McKee played the original production in 1987, she was nominated as Outstanding Actress in a Musical). I also felt Marin Ireland in Marie Antoniette was ignored.

So here are my picks for the tops of 2013-14:

All the Way (Robert Schenkkan)
Domesticated (Bruce Norris)
The Night Alive (Conor McPherson)
Nikolai and the Others (Richard Nelson)
Outside Mullingar (John Patrick Shanley)

After Midnight
Fun Home
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Revival of a Play
All That Fall
The Glass Menagerie
I Remember Mama
No Man’s Land
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Jeff Goldblum, Domesticated
K. Todd Freeman, Fetch Clay, Make Man
Ian McKellen, No Man’s Land
Brian F. O’Byrne, Outside Mullingar
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night/Richard III

Actress in a Play
Eileen Atkins, All That Fall
Barbara Barrie, I Remember Mama
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
Rebecca Hall, Machinal
Marin Ireland, Marie Antoinette
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated

Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Big Fish
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Andy Karl, Rocky
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Actress in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara, Far from Heaven, The Bridges of Madison County
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Heathers

Featured Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Daniel Davis, Romeo and Juliet (CSC)
Peter Maloney, Outside Mullingar
Jim Norton, The Night Alive, Of Mice and Men
Bill Pullman, The Jacksonian
Steven Rattazzi, Marie Antoinette

Featured Actress in a Play
Mia Barron, Domesticated
Lynn Cohen, I Remember Mama
Caoilfhionn Dunne, The Night Alive
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Marisa Tomei, The Realistic Joneses

Featured Actor in a Musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, Bullets Over Broadway
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Dakin Matthews, Rocky

Featured Actress in a Musical
Linda Emond, Cabaret
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Cass Morgan, The Bridges of Madison County
Lisa O’Hare, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Alexandra Socha, Fun Home

Director (Play)
Marc Bruni, The Explorers Club
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Des MacAnuff, Fetch Clay, Make Man
Bill Rauch, All the Way
Rebecca Taichman, Marie Antoinette
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie
Lindsay Turner, Machinal

Director (Musical)
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Alex Timbers, Rocky
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Sonya Tayeh (choreography), Emmanuel Brown (fight direction), Jamie Guan (Chinese Opera movement), Kung Fu

Set Design
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie
Es Devlin, Machinal
Todd Rosenthal, Of Mice and Men
Donyale Werle, The Explorers Club

Costume Design
Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Michael Krass, Machinal
William Ivey Long, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway
Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night, Richard III
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight
Anita Yavich, The Explorers Club

Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky
Jane Cox, Machinal, All the Way
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Ben Stanton, Kung Fu
Stephen Strawbridge, Marie Antoinette

Sound Design
Paul Groothuis, All That Fall
Matt Tierney, Machinal

Music in a Play
Matthew Herbert, Machinal
Nico Muhly, The Glass Menagerie
Louis Rosen, Act One
Claire Van Kampen, Twelfth Night/Richard III

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