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at F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall

By Roger B. Harris
Published April 28 2007

The annual rite of passage called the Drama Desk Awards began to unfold, with the nominations, announced at The Friars Club. These awards are for the best of Broadway, Off- Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway. The awards, which will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, are on Sunday May 20 , at the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall.

LoveMusik, a production of the Manhattan Theare Club, led the way with 12 nominations. The musical, which opens on May 3, at the Biltmore, is about the unconventional marriage between acclaimed composer Kurt( The Three Penny Opera, The Lady in the Dark, etc.) Weill and Lotte (The Three Penny Opera, From Russia with Love) Lenya. Both stars of the show: Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy were nominated for Best Actor/Actress in a Musical.

Broadway musicals Curtains, Legally Blonde and Spring Awakening, received 10 nominations. The Off-Broadway musical In the Heights picked up 9 nominations. It also received a special award for Outstanding Ensemble.

On the play side, Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, came away with the most nominations--10. Frost/Nixon and Jack Goes Boating each had 4 nominations.

Company received the most nominations for a revival-6. Doing the math, 34 shows received two or more nominations. Among the noteworthy shows bagelled were: A Chorus Line, Prelude to a Kiss, The Times They Are A-Changin', The Vertical Hour, Butley, Losing Louie and Translations.

Deuce, the Ethel Merman, Mary...oops, make that Angela Lansbury, Marian Seldes show, was declared ineligible by its producers. Grey Gardens, an Off-Broadway winner last year, was deemed ineligible because it did not have enough new elements in its Broadway version.


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