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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at the La Guardia Concert Hall, New York

By David Lefkowitz
Published March 31 2007

  Kristin Chenoweth

Fresh off her star turn in Roundabout's revival of The Apple Tree,Kristin Chenoweth has been tapped to host this year's Drama Desk Awards, May 20.

Said executive producer Robert R. Blume in a statement, "[Chenoweth] is a sensational performer whose multiple talents as a singer and actress have made her one of the biggest stars on Broadway and television. We've had a great relationship with Kristin in the past, and we are thrilled to welcome her back into the Drama Desk Awards family." Drama Desk president William Wolf also praised the West Wing alum for her "charm, energy and intelligence."

The Wicked and Epic Proportions actress, who won a Tony for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, marks a change for the award ceremony, which had, for the previous three seasons, been hosted by Harvey Fierstein.

As previously announced, April 22 as its cut-off date for Broadway and off-Broadway shows to open and still be considered for this year's Drama Desk honors. Then on April 26, Drama Desk members will gather at the New York Friars Club to announce the 2006-07 nominees, who'll be feted at a cocktail party May 1 at Arte Café on the upper West Side.

The finale comes May 20 at Lincoln Center's LaGuardia Concert Hall, when the Drama Desk holds its 52nd annual awards ceremony.

Last season's winners included The History Boys, The Drowsy Chaperone, revivals of Awake and Sing! and Sweeney Todd and an ensemble honor for Stuff Happens.

Founded in 1955 to complement the Broadway-only Tonys, the Drama Desk strove to cover "all New York theater productions...celebrating creative stage achievements wherever they were presented." Originally called The Vernon Rice Awards (for the New York Post theater critic), the organization changed its moniker to "Drama Desk" in 1964.


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