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    TINA among winners announced for 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards

    Winners for this year's Drama Desk Awards 2020 have been announced with a number of original UK shows winning big during the virtually-held ceremony.

    Matthew Lopez's epic two-parter, The Inheritance, took home five awards, including the award for Outstanding Play, after the show enjoyed phenomenal success in London at the Young Vic and Noel Coward theatres. 

    Meanwhile, Adrienne Warren was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal as Tina Turner, a role she originated at the West End's Aldwych Theatre before crossing the pond to reprise her role for the Broadway transfer production.

    Read the list of winners for the 2020 Drama Desk Awards in full below.

    TINA among winners announced for 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards
    Adrienne Warren wins big for her performance as the iconic Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner.

    65th Annual Drama Desk Award winners in full

    Outstanding Play
    Cambodian Rock Band, by Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre
    Greater Clements, by Samuel D. Hunter, Lincoln Center Theater
    Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Atlantic Theater Company/LAByrinth Theater Company
    Heroes of the Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery, Playwrights Horizons
    *The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez (WINNER)

    Outstanding Musical
    Octet, Signature Theatre
    The Secret Life of Bees, Atlantic Theater Company
    Soft Power, The Public Theater
    *A Strange Loop, Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 Productions (WINNER)
    The Wrong Man, MCC Theater

    Outstanding Revival of a Play
    Fefu and Her Friends, Theatre for a New Audience
    for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Public Theater
    Mac Beth, Red Bull Theater/Hunter Theater Project
    Much Ado About Nothing, The Public Theater
    *A Soldier’s Play, Roundabout Theatre Company (WINNER)

    Outstanding Revival of a Musical
    *Little Shop of Horrors (WINNER)
    The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Transport Group
    West Side Story

    Outstanding Actor in a Play
    Charles Busch, The Confession of Lily Dare
    *Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements (WINNER)
    Raúl Esparza, Seared
    Francis Jue, Cambodian Rock Band
    Triney Sandoval, 72 Miles to Go
    Kyle Soller, The Inheritance

    Outstanding Actress in a Play
    Rose Byrne, Medea
    *Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven (WINNER)
    Emily Davis, Is This A Room
    April Matthis, Toni Stone
    Ruth Negga, Hamlet

    Outstanding Actor in a Musical
    David Aron Damane, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    Chris Dwan, Enter Laughing
    Joshua Henry, The Wrong Man
    Francis Jue, Soft Power
    *Larry Owens, A Strange Loop (WINNER)

    Outstanding Actress in a Musical
    Tammy Blanchard, Little Shop of Horrors
    Beth Malone, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    Saycon Sengbloh, The Secret Life of Bees
    Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill

    *Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (WINNER)

    Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
    Victor Almanzar, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
    Esteban Andres Cruz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
    David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
    *Paul Hilton, The Inheritance (WINNER)
    Chris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow

    Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
    Patrice Johnson Chevannes, runboyrun & In Old Age
    Kristina Poe, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
    Belange Rodríguez, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    Elizabeth Rodriguez, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
    *Lois Smith, The Inheritance (WINNER)

    Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
    George Abud, Emojiland
    *Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors (WINNER)
    Jay Armstrong Johnson, Scotland, PA
    Conrad Ricamora, Soft Power
    Ryan Vasquez, The Wrong Man

    Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
    Yesenia Ayala, West Side Story
    Paula Leggett Chase, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
    Alyse Alan Louis, Soft Power
    *Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill (WINNER)

    Outstanding Director of a Play
    Jessica Blank, Coal Country
    *Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance (WINNER)
    John Ortiz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
    Tina Satter, Is This A Room
    Erica Schmidt, Mac Beth

    Outstanding Director of a Musical
    *Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop (WINNER)
    Thomas Kail, The Wrong Man
    Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    Leigh Silverman, Soft Power
    Annie Tippe, Octet

    Outstanding Choreography
    Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
    Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, West Side Story
    Keone Madrid and Mari Madrid, Beyond Babel
    Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    *Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! (WINNER)
    Travis Wall, The Wrong Man

    Outstanding Music
    Ross Golan, The Wrong Man
    Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
    *Dave Malloy, Octet (WINNER)
    Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
    Duncan Sheik, The Secret Life of Bees
    Jeanine Tesori, Soft Power

    Outstanding Lyrics
    Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees
    Adam Gwon, Scotland, PA
    *Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop (WINNER)
    Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
    Dave Malloy, Octet
    Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette

    Outstanding Book of a Musical
    David Henry Hwang, Soft Power
    *Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop (WINNER)
    Dave Malloy, Octet
    Lynn Nottage, The Secret Life of Bees
    Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette
    Dick Scanlan, The Unsinkable Molly Brown

    Outstanding Orchestrations
    *Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill (WINNER)
    Alex Lacamoire, The Wrong Man
    Or Matias and Dave Malloy, Octet
    Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Soft Power
    Jonathan Tunick, West Side Story

    Outstanding Music in a Play
    Steve Earle, Coal Country
    Frightened Rabbit, Square Go
    Jim Harbourne, Feral
    *Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (WINNER)
    Adam Seidel, Jane Bruce, and Daniel Ocanto, Original Sound

    Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play
    Catherine Cornell, Mac Beth
    *Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons (WINNER)
    Adam Rigg, Fefu and Her Friends
    Paul Steinberg, Judgment Day
    B.T. Whitehill, The Confession of Lily Dare

    Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical
    Julian Crouch, Little Shop of Horrors
    Anna Louizos, Scotland, PA
    *Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge! (WINNER)
    Clint Ramos, Soft Power
    Amy Rubin and Brittany Vasta, Octet

    Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
    Asa Benally, Blues for an Alabama Sky
    Montana Levi Blanco, Fefu and Her Friends
    Toni-Leslie James, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
    Antony McDonald, Judgment Day
    *Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare (WINNER)
    Kaye Voyce, Coriolanus

    Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
    Vanessa Leuck, Emojiland
    Jeff Mahshie, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
    Mark Thompson, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
    Anita Yavich, Soft Power
    *Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge! (WINNER)

    Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
    Isabella Byrd, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
    Oona Curley, Dr. Ride’s American Beach House
    *Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside (WINNER)
    Mimi Jordan Sherin, Judgment Day
    Yi Zhao, Greater Clements

    Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
    Betsy Adams, The Wrong Man
    Jane Cox, The Secret Life of Bees
    Herrick Goldman, Einstein’s Dreams
    Bruno Poet, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
    *Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge! (WINNER)

    Outstanding Projection Design
    David Bengali, Einstein’s Dreams
    Julia Frey, Medea
    *Luke Halls, West Side Story (WINNER)
    Lisa Renkel and POSSIBLE, Emojiland
    Hannah Wasileski, Fires in the Mirror

    Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
    *Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, The Inheritance (WINNER)
    Justin Ellington, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
    Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
    Palmer Hefferan, Fefu and Her Friends
    Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada, Is This A Room

    Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
    Tom Gibbons, West Side Story
    Kai Harada, Soft Power
    *Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge! (WINNER)
    Hidenori Nakajo, Octet
    Nevin Steinberg, The Wrong Man

    Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
    *Campbell Young Associates, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (WINNER)
    Cookie Jordan, Fefu and Her Friends
    Nikiya Mathis, STEW
    Tom Watson, The Great Society
    Bobbie Zlotnik, Emojiland

    Outstanding Solo Performance
    David Cale, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
    Kate del Castillo, the way she spoke
    *Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton (WINNER)
    Jacqueline Novak, Get on Your Knees
    Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.

    Unique Theatrical Experience
    Beyond Babel, Hideaway Circus
    Feral, Tortoise in a Nutshell/Cumbernauld Theatre/59E59
    *Is This A Room, Vineyard Theatre (WINNER)
    Midsummer: A Banquet, Food of Love Productions/Third Rail Projects

    Outstanding Fight Choreography
    Vicki Manderson, Square Go
    *Thomas Schall, A Soldier’s Play (WINNER)
    UnkleDave’s Fight House, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

    Outstanding Adaptation
    *A Christmas Carol, by Jack Thorne (WINNER)
    Judgment Day, by Christopher Shinn
    Mojada, by Luis Alfaro
    Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, by Halley Feiffer

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    TINA: The Tina Turner Musical West End theatre tickets back on sale with new extended booking period!

    The London production of TINA: The Tina Turner Musical has announced a new extended booking period as this hit West End favourite goes back on sale after being suspended due to the pandemic. Now you can catch the popular bio-musical at London's Aldwych Theatre until 5 June 2021 in an open-ended run. Nkeki Obi-Melekwe brings the beloved pop icon to life like you've never seen her before. Don't miss it!


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