Monday, April 18, 2022

Drama Desk Dates Announced

The 2021-22 New York theater season is in the home stretch and the awards calendar is filling up. The dates for the Drama Desk Awards have just been added to the mix, after a hiatus of two years. The last DDs were presented remotely via NY1-News in June of 2020, after a delay due to coverage of the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests. Since all New York theaters were closed due to the COVID pandemic, the awards were suspended in 2021. Now they are back.

The cut-off for Drama Desk Award eligibility is May 1 and the nominations will be announced on May 2 (one day before the Tony nominations come out and one day after the Lortels are presented). It has not been announced if the nominations will be given out by press release or if there will be a press conference as has been the case prior to 2020. Voting for the awards ends at midnight June 6. The date and location of the ceremony has yet to be announced. The Tony Awards are June 12.

The Drama Desks are the only major New York theater awards to include on and Off-Broadway in all of its multiple categories. The nominations are chosen by a seven-member nominating committee consisting of Martha Wade Steketee (Chair; freelance, Peter Filichia (Broadway Radio), Kenji Fujishima (freelance: Theatermania), Juan Michael Porter II (; freelance: TDF Stages, Did They Like It?, New York Theatre Guide), Ayanna Prescod (freelance: Variety, New York Theatre Guide, Today Tix), Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania), and Diep Tran (freelance: Backstage, American Theatre, Broadway News, New York Theater Guide). The awards are voted on by the 110 active members of the Drama Desk, a New York-based organization of theater critics, reporters, journalists and publishers.

In previous years, the DDs have been presented at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and Town Hall, and broadcast on NY-1 News, public TV stations, and on the Ovation Network. Past hosts have included Michael Urie, Laura Benanti, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Lily Tomlin, Bernadette Peters, Harvey Fierstein and the cast of [title of show].

Here's a schedule of the remaining openings this season and dates for awards and nominations:

2021-22 Broadway/Off-Broadway and Awards Schedule
April 19--How I Learned to Drive (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman)
April 20--for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Booth)
April 21--Hangmen (Golden)
April 23--Wedding Band (TFANA/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)
April 24--Funny Girl (August Wilson)
April 25--The Skin of Our Teeth (LTC/Vivian Beaumont)
April 25--The Vagrant Trilogy (Public)
April 25--Drama League Award nominations announced
April 26--A Strange Loop (Lyceum)
April 26--Outer Critics Circle nominations announced
April 27 (matinee)--POTUS or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Great Women Trying to Keep Him Alive (Shubert)
April 27 (evening)--Mr. Saturday Night (Nederlander)
April 28--Macbeth (Longacre)
April 29--Girl from the North Country re-opens (Belasco)
April 30--The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company)
May 1--Lortel Awards (Skirball Hall)
May 2--Drama Desk Nominations Announced
May 3--Tony Nominations Announced
May 5--Chita Rivera Award Nominations Announced
May 9--Pulitzer Prize for Drama Announced
May 16--Outer Critics winners Announced
May 17--Golden Shield (MTC/City Center)
May 20--Drama League Awards (Ziegfeld Ballroom)
May 26--OCC ceremony (Bruno Walter Auditorium/Lincoln Center)
June 1--To Kill a Mockingbird re-opens (Belasco) (???)
June 2--what the end will be (Roundabout/Laura Pels)
June 6--Theater World Awards 
June 6--Voting for Drama Desk Awards ends
June 12--Tony Awards (Radio City Music Hall)

2022-23 Broadway/Off-Broadway Schedule
June 16--Epiphany (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)
July 21--The Kite Runner (Hayes)
Aug. 25--Kinky Boots (Stage 42)
Summer 2022--Richard III; As You Like It (Delacorte)
Sept. 19--The Piano Lesson (St. James) (previews begin; opening TBA)
Nov. 10--Kimberly Akimbo (theater TBA)
Nov. 20--KPOP (Circle in the Square)
Dec. 8--Camelot (Lincoln Center/Vivian Beaumont)

Fall 2022
1776 (Roundabout/AA)
A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical
Between Riverside and Crazy (Second Stage/Hayes)
the bandaged place (Roundabout/Underground)

Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Cinderella, The Ohio State Murders

Black Orpheus, Dancin', Pal Joey, Square One

Winter 2022-23
The Wanderers (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

2023 and Beyond
Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby

Future--Leopoldstadt; Our Town; Death of a Salesman; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; Smash; Some Like It Hot; Soul Train; The Who's Tommy

2021-22 Broadway Season Breakdown:
New Plays
Birthday Candles
Chicken and Biscuits
Dana H. (transfer from Off-Broadway)
Hangmen (previously presented Off-Broadway)
Is This A Room (transfer from Off-Broadway)
The Lehman Trilogy (transfer from Off-Broadway)
The Minutes
Pass Over (previously presented Off-Broadway)
POTUS or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Great Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Skeleton Crew (previously presented Off-Broadway in a different production)
Thoughts of a Colored Man

Play Revivals
American Buffalo
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
How I Learned to Drive
Lackawanna Blues (previously produced Off-Broadway)
Plaza Suite
The Skin of Our Teeth
Slave Play (return engagement)
Take Me Out
Trouble in Mind

New Musicals
Flying Over Sunset
The Little Prince
MJ: The Musical
Mr. Saturday Night
Mrs. Doubtfire
Paradise Square
A Strange Loop (previously presented Off-Broadway in a different production)

Musical Revivals
Beetlejuice (return engagement)
Caroline or Change
Funny Girl 
Waitress (return engagement)

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway (return engagement)
David Bryne's American Utopia (return engagement)

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