Revival gets most Drama Desk awards

June 09, 1994|By Doris Toumarkine | Doris Toumarkine,The Hollywood Reporter

Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: Perestroika" was named the Drama Desk's outstanding play, "Passion" was tapped as outstanding musical and "An Inspector Calls" was the most honored show with a total of seven awards.

Honoring both Broadway and off-Broadway productions, the Drama Desk Association of theater critics, editors and reporters announced the 1993-1994 winners at an awards presentation Sunday at the Roundabout Theatre.

Co-produced by Scott Rudin, "Passion," which has already garnered 10 Tony nominations, was also triumphant in five additional categories: Outstanding actress in a musical went to "Passion's" Donna Murphy; outstanding music and outstanding lyrics went to the show's composer, Stephen Sondheim; the outstanding book award was handed to James Lapine; and outstanding orchestrations went to Jonathan Tunick.

A revival of J. B. Priestley's mystery thriller, the British import "An Inspector Calls," up for five Tonys, won in the following Drama Desk categories: outstanding supporting actress in a play (Jane Adams), outstanding director of a play (Stephen Daldry), outstanding revival, outstanding music in a play (Stephen Warbeck), outstanding set design (Ian MacNeil), outstanding lighting design (Rick Fisher) and outstanding special effects (Gregory Meeh).

The Drama Desk also recognized "Perestroika," which is part two of "Angels in America," for outstanding actor in a play (Stephen Spinella) and outstanding supporting actor in a play (Jeffrey Wright).

Also landing three Drama Desk Awards was the Broadway revival "Carousel," in the categories of outstanding supporting actress in a musical (Audra Ann McDonald), outstanding director of a musical (Nicholas Hytner) and outstanding choreography (Kenneth MacMillan and Jane Elliot).

The musical "She Loves Me," up for nine Tonys, won for outstanding actor in a musical (Boyd Gaines) and for outstanding musical revival.

The Drama Desk also named "Howard Crabtree's Whoop-Dee-Doo" in two categories: outstanding costume design (Howard Crabtree) and outstanding revue.

Recognized in single categories were Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" (Myra Carter as outstanding actress in a play), the musical revival "Damn Yankees" (Jarrod Emick for outstanding supporting actor in a musical), "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992" (Anna Deavere Smith for outstanding solo performance), "Medea" (John A. Leonard for outstanding sound design) and "Stomp" (unique theater experience).

Among the shows shut out of Drama Desk Awards were Disney's record-breaking "Beauty and the Beast" (which is up for nine Tonys), "Grease," "Cyrano" and Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor."

The Drama Desk also handed out special achievement awards to Theater World's John Willis and the York Theatre Company's Janet Hayes Walker.

The Drama Desk Awards are often harbingers of the Tonys, which will cap the 1993-1994 theater season and will be announced Sunday on CBS' live broadcast from the Gershwin Theatre.

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