“Shuffle Along” And “The Humans” Take Top Honors At Drama Desk Awards

Michael Urie hosted the event, the last major theater awards before the Tonys.

Shuffle Along and The Humans took top honors at the 2016 Drama Desk Awards Sunday night, winning Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Play, respectively.

The show was the last major theater awards before Sunday’s Tonys Awards, but will likely have a far different outcome, as odds-on Tonys favorite Hamilton was not eligible this year (It won last year during its off-Broadway run.)

Shuffle Along Audra McDonald

Adapted by George C. Wolfe from a 1921 musical, Shuffle Along sees Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter depicting the difficulties in mounting the original ’20s production and its effect on Broadway and race in America. It’s up for ten Tonys, including Best Musical.

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The Humans, Stephen Karam’s new drama now playing at the Helen Hayes, follows a middle-class family reuniting for a dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner. It’s nominated for six Tony awards, including Best Play.

Cocktails and Classics’ Michael Urie, who won a Drama Desk award for his one-man show Buyer and Cellar in 2013, brought his usual wit and aplomb as host for the evening: Scanning the crowd for volunteers to present the award for Outstanding Orchestrations, he joked “Jessica Lange and Frank Langella are in the same row—it’s terrifying!”

(Urie ultimately tapped Fiddler on the Roof’s Danny Burstein and Mary Poppins’ Rebecca Luker for the honor.)

For revivals, the winners were A View from the Bridge (play) and She Loves Me (musical), with Bridge director Ivo Van Hove scored for director of a play, while the musical director honor was a tie between The Color Purple’s John Doyle and Fiddler on the Roof’s Bartlett Sher.

Hollywood was well represented, with both Jessica Lange and Michael Shannon earning honors for Roundabout’s revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson nabbing the Best Solo Performance award for Fully Committed.

Below, the full list of 2016 Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Play

The Humans, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Musical

Shuffle Along

view from a bridge
Outstanding Revival of a Play

A View from the Bridge

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Frank Langella, The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Outstanding Actress in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed, Public Theater

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

She Loves Me Studio 54 Cast List: Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Nicholas Barasch, Peter Bartlett, Michael McGrath, Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop, Jim Walton Production Credits: Scott Ellis (director) David Rockwell (scenic design) Jeff Mahshie (costume design) Donald Holder (lighting design) Jon Weston (sound design) Larry Hochman (orchestrations) David Krane (dance arrangements and incidental music) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Sheldon Harnick Music by: Jerry Bock Book by Joe Masteroff -
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Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Outstanding Director of a Play

Ivo van Hove, A View from the Bridge

Outstanding Director of a Musical (tie)

John Doyle, The Color Purple

Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof

shuffle along
Outstanding Choreography

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Music

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star

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Outstanding Lyrics

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding Book of a Musical

John Caird, Daddy Long Legs

Outstanding Orchestrations

Larry Hochman, She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Music in a Play

Philip Glass, The Crucible

Outstanding Set Design for a Play

Christopher Oram, Hughie

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical

David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play

Justin Townsend, The Humans

American Psycho
Jeremy Daniel
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical

Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Outstanding Projection Design

Finn Ross, American Psycho

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play

Fitz Patton, The Humans

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical

Dan Moses Schreier, American Psycho

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design

Mia M. Neal, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Solo Performance

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed

Unique Theatrical Experience

That Physics Show

Special Awards

The Humans – Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble

The Royale – Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble

Sheldon Harnick – Special Drama Desk Award

Camp Broadway – Special Drama Desk Award

Danai Gurira – Sam Norkin Award

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