2023 Drama Desk Award Winners: Some Like It Hot, Leopoldstadt, Life of Pi

Some Like It Hot won Outstanding Musical and seven other awards, Leopoldstadt won Outstanding Play at  67th Annual Drama Desk Awards, announced this morning. The Piano Lesson and Parade won outstanding revivals. Life of Pi won four awards, the second highest number. Jodie Comer won for outstanding solo performance.

A ceremony celebrating the winners will be held on Tuesday afternoon, June 6 at Sardi’s Restaurant

Don’t know the difference between the Drama Desk and the Drama League and the Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle awards? Check out mNew York Theater Awards 2023 Guide and Calendar

Complete list of nominees.

Complete list of award winners:

Outstanding Play
Leopoldstadt, by Tom Stoppard

Outstanding Musical
Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Piano Lesson

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play
Jessica Chastain, A Doll’s House
Sean Hayes, Good Night, Oscar

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical
Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd
J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play
Miriam Silverman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brandon Uranowitz, Leopoldstadt

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical
Kevin Del Aguila, Some Like it Hot
Alex Newell, Shucked

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Max Webster, Life of Pi

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Thomas Kail, Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Choreography
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Music
Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, Shucked

Outstanding Lyrics
Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Orchestrations
Charlie Rosen and Bryan Carter, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Music in a Play
Suzan-Lori Parks, Plays for the Plague Year, The Public Theater

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play
Tim Hatley, Life of Pi

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt, New York, New York

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play
Emilio Sosa, Ain’t No Mo’

Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Chivers and Willie Williams (video), Prima Facie

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical
Natasha Katz, Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Projection and Video Design
Andrzej Goulding, Life of Pi

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play
Ben & Max Ringham, A Doll’s House

Outstanding Wig and Hair
Mia M. Neal, Ain’t No Mo’

Outstanding Solo Performance
Jodie Comer, Prima Facie

Unique Theatrical Experience
Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Outstanding Fight Choreography
B.H. Barry, Camelot

Outstanding Adaptation
A Doll’s House, by Amy Herzog

Outstanding Puppetry
Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, Life of Pi


Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephen McKinley Henderson has been bringing in-depth, gripping portrayals of memorable characters to the stage for over four decades. With his return to Broadway this season as Pops in Between Riverside and Crazy, which the Drama Desk previously nominated in 2015, this year’s Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement Award marks Henderson’s role in this powerful production as a celebration of his brilliant career.

Ensemble Award

The cast of Soho Rep’s Public Obscenities – Tashnuva Anan, Abrar Haque, Golam Sarwar Harun, Gargi Mukherjee, NaFis, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Debashis Roy Chowdhury – embodied the transnational world of Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s bilingual play with memorable authenticity, remarkable specificity, and extraordinary warmth.

Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award

From his standout performance in american (tele)visions, to writing and performing the autobiographical Dark Disabled Stories, Ryan J. Haddad’s work this season has expanded on and interrogated what the idea of “accessibility” really means. Whether riding a shopping cart like a throne, or relating his experiences on a “gay, pink bus,” Haddad shared with audiences an unabashed queer fabulosity that was both unforgettable and deeply human.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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