'Book of Mormon' wins big at Drama Desk awards
May 24th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

'Book of Mormon' wins big at Drama Desk awards

The 56th annual Drama Desk Awards, a leading precursor of the all-important Tony Awards, were handed out Monday night in New York City with “The Book of Mormon” once again continuing its dominance.

The critically acclaimed musical from the creators of “South Park” nabbed five awards, including ones for best musical, lyrics, music, director and orchestrations.

Also taking home five awards was the revival of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” including an honor for best musical revival and one for its lead actress, Sutton Foster. “The Normal Heart” and “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” starring Robin Williams, each won two awards, while British import “War Horse” won the award for best play.

Aside from Foster, the lead acting awards went to Bobby Canavale for “The Mother-- with the Hat,” Oscar-winner Frances McDormand for “Good People” and Norbert Leo Butz for “Catch Me If You Can.”

Emmy-award winner and “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco won best featured actress in a play for her performance in "The House of Blue Leaves" alongside Ben Stiller. A special ensemble award was given to the cast of "The Normal Heart," a revival co-directed by Joel Grey, who won best director for the production and also stars in "Anything Goes."

Although the Drama Desk ceremony honors all legitimate theater productions, including Broadway and off-Broadway, this year’s awards were dominated by the former, winning 24 of the 26 categories. The two off-Broadway winners were for best book of a musical ("See Rock City & Other Destinations") and best music in a play ("Peter and the Starcatcher").

Below is the full list of winners from the Drama Desk awards ceremony, all of which can be seen when it airs on the Ovation network on June 4th. For more information, visit www.dramadesk.com.

Outstanding Play

"Other Desert Cities"
"A Small Fire"
"The Mother-- with the Hat"
"A Bright New Boise"
"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
"Good People"
*"War Horse"

Outstanding Musical

"In Transit"
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical"
"See Rock City & Other Destinations"
"Sister Act"
*"The Book of Mormon"
"The Kid"

Outstanding Revival of a Play

"Born Yesterday"
"The House of Blue Leaves"
"The Importance of Being Earnest"
"The Merchant of Venice"
*"The Normal Heart"
"Three Sisters"

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

*"Anything Goes"
"Hello Again"
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Charles Busch, "The Divine Sister"
*Bobby Cannavale, "The Mother-- with the Hat"
Al Pacino, "The Merchant of Venice"
Geoffrey Rush, "The Diary of a Madman"
Mark Rylance, "Jerusalem"
Michael Shannon, "Mistakes Were Made"
Paul Sparks, "Dusk Rings a Bell"

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Nina Arianda, "Born Yesterday"
Stockard Channing, "Other Desert Cities"
*Frances McDormand, "Good People"
Laurie Metcalf, "The Other Place"
Michele Pawk, "A Small Fire"
Lily Rabe, "The Merchant of Venice"

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

*Norbert Leo Butz, "Catch Me if You Can"
Colin Donnell, "Anything Goes"
Daniel Radcliffe, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Andrew Rannells, "The Book of Mormon"
Tony Sheldon, "Priscilla Queen of the Desert:The Musical"
Christopher Sieber, "The Kid"

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

*Sutton Foster, "Anything Goes"
Beth Leavel, "Baby It's You!"
Patina Miller, "Sister Act"
Donna Murphy, "The People in the Picture"
Sherie Rene Scott, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

*Brian Bedford, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Boyd Gaines, "The Grand Manner"
Logan Marshall-Green, "The Hallway Trilogy"
Zachary Quinto, "Angels in America"
Tom Riley, "Arcadia"
Yul Vázquez, "The Mother-- with the Hat"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Lisa Emery, "The Collection & A Kind of Alaska"
*Edie Falco, "The House of Blue Leaves"
Julie Halston, "The Divine Sister"
Sarah Nina Hayon, "A Bright New Boise"
Celia Keenan-Bolger, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Linda Lavin, "Other Desert Cities"
Judith Light, "Lombardi"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Adam Godley, "Anything Goes"
*John Larroquette, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
Rory O'Malley, "The Book of Mormon"
Bob Stillman, "Hello Again"
Tom Wopat, "Catch Me if You Can"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

*Laura Benanti, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
Kerry Butler, "Catch Me if You Can"
Victoria Clark, "Sister Act"
Jill Eikenberry, "The Kid"
Nikki M. James, "The Book of Mormon"
Patti LuPone, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
Laura Osnes, "Anything Goes"

Outstanding Director of a Play

Trip Cullman, "A Small Fire"
*Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, "The Normal Heart"
Moisés Kaufman, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
Davis McCallum, "A Bright New Boise"
Daniel Sullivan, "The Merchant of Venice"
Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock, "Baby Universe"

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Rob Ashford, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Joe Calarco, "In Transit"
Jack Cummings III, "Hello Again"
Jack Cummings III, "See Rock City & Other Destinations"
Kathleen Marshall, "Anything Goes"
*Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, "The Book of Mormon"

Outstanding Choreography

Rob Ashford, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, "Beautiful Burnout"
Steven Hoggett, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
*Kathleen Marshall, "Anything Goes"
Casey Nicholaw, "The Book of Mormon"
Siudy, "Between Worlds"

Outstanding Music

Brad Alexander, "See Rock City & Other Destinations"
Alan Menken, "Sister Act"
*Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, "The Book of Mormon"
Marc Shaiman, "Catch Me if You Can"
Mike Stoller and Artie Butler, "The People in the Picture"
David Yazbek, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

Outstanding Lyrics

Rick Crom, "Newsical The Musical — Full Spin Ahead"
Jack Lechner, "The Kid"
Adam Mathias, "See Rock City & Other Destinations"
*Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, "The Book of Mormon"
Glenn Slater, "Sister Act"
Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, "Catch Me if You Can"

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, "In Transit"
Iris Rainer Dart, "The People in the Picture"
Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical"
*Adam Mathias, "See Rock City & Other Destinations"
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, "The Book of Mormon"
Michael Zam, "The Kid"

Outstanding Orchestrations

Mary-Mitchell Campbell, "Hello Again"
Bruce Coughlin, "The Burnt Part Boys"
Simon Hale, Jim Abbott and David Yazbek, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
*Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, "The Book of Mormon"
Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank, "Catch Me if You Can"
Lynne Shankel, "The Extraordinary Ordinary"

Outstanding Music in a Play

*Wayne Barker, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Kathryn Bostic, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
Lars Petter Hagen, "Baby Universe"
Alan John, "The Diary of a Madman"
Tom Kitt, "The Winter's Tale"
Dan Moses Schreier, "The Merchant of Venice"

Outstanding Revue

"Fyvush Finkel Live!"
"Newsical The Musical — Full Spin Ahead"
"*Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway"

Outstanding Set Design

Rachel Hauck, "Orange, Hat & Grace"
David Korins and Zachary Borovay (projection design), "Lombardi"
Derek McLane, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
*Derek McLane, "Anything Goes"
Tony Straiges, "Treasure Island"
Mark Wendland, "The Merchant of Venice"

Outstanding Costume Design

*Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical"
Desmond Heeley, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Ann Hould-Ward, "A Free Man of Color"
Martin Pakledinaz, "Anything Goes"
Ann Roth, "The Book of Mormon"
Paloma Young, "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Outstanding Lighting Design

Jean Kalman, John Gabriel Borkman, R. Lee Kennedy, " See Rock City & Other Destinations"
*David Lander, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
Laura Mroczkowski, "Spy Garbo"
Ben Stanton, "The Whipping Man"
David Weiner, "A Small Fire"

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Lindsay Jones, "The Burnt Part Boys"
Michael Rasbury, "Hello Again"
*Brian Ronan, "Anything Goes"
Brian Ronan, "The Book of Mormon"
Jon Weston, "In Transit"

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Acme Sound Partners, "The Merchant of Venice"
*Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
Ian Dickinson, "John Gabriel Borkman"
Brett Jarvis, "Baby Universe"
Bray Poor, "Wings"
Eric Shimelonis, "The Hallway Trilogy"

Outstanding Solo Performance

Daniel Beaty, "Through the Night"
Mike Birbiglia, "Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend"
Juliette Jeffers, "Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down"
*John Leguizamo, "Ghetto Klown"
Colin Quinn, "Colin Quinn Long Story Short"
Joanna Tope, "The Promise"

Unique Theatrical Experience

"Being Harold Pinter"
"Circus Incognitus"
"Gatz"
"Play Dead"
"Room 17B"
*"Sleep No More"

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  1. Ted

    I named my poop The Book Of Morman.I dont read The Book Of Morman.My religion is poop.I read and eat my poop and have a large cup of hot pee to wash my meal down.On holidays I will drink Tiger's Blood.Then I eat African American and Mexican poop.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    The double standard is the big issue, if this was a musical about the Jews...........never would have seen the light of day

    May 25, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. @N

    south park makes fun of everything & anything so why do mormons hav to be so mad?its just & a broadway & episode wats the big deal?Dis is just lik when catholics got mad bout lady gaga's judas.which by the way is an awful song so i can see where every1 wud be mad.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo Stiglitz

      Mormons are not mad. You should read the official response the Mormon church gave about this play. They did not call for a boycott or a protest or anything. I am a faithful Mormon and I am not mad or offended. I actually enjoy the South Park humor even when its at the expense of my own religion.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • shamgar50

      Hugo Stiglitz, Not mad, just really gullible!

      May 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ted

    It showed them in such a positive light I kind of wish i was Mormon. (i know. . . .im a mean ol catholic. . . oh well. . . ) : )

    May 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • shamgar50

      Ted, Read the “Book of Mormon” (The mormon bible) and do a little research, you’ll change your mind.

      May 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • vicki

      Make a phone call tot the mssionaries in your district and they will be glad to come and teach you about the mormons.

      September 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ted

    I wish the Mormon people wouldnt be offended by this or the South Park episode. It actually portrayed them in a very positive way. As people who help others, have good morals, and love thier friends and family. SouthPark kind of made them out to be the only normal happy family on the show. Mormons and all other nice people are cool ! : )

    May 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo Stiglitz

      I am Mormon and I am not offended by either.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • shamgar50

      But the religion is really goofy, and quite bigoted. Do some research!

      May 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • vicki

      Ted, thank you for your kind words. We Mormons are good peopl;e. And I like to think of myself as "cool". Get your hands on a Book Of Mormon and read it with an open heart. and prayer and you will find your answer.

      September 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |

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