From Our Desks

Diversity of Winners at 62nd Drama Desk Awards

Drama Desk voters spread the wealth at the organization's 62nd celebration of New York theater. Six separate productions won at least three Drama Desk Awards when the honors were bestowed Sunday, June 4, at Town Hall, produced by TheaterMania. The musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 won a quartet of trophies, three for its design elements and a Best Director nod for Rachel Chavkin, who tied for Outstanding Direction of a Musical with David Cromer.

Talking About Critics...

The Drama Desk presented a panel, “Everyone’s a Critic,” as part of the second annual BroadwayCon at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The topic was the changing nature and function of theater criticism, and of critics, in the digital age.

Hooray for Hair

At this season's Drama Desk Award ceremony, Mia Neal’s assured coiffures for Shuffle Along took home the first-ever honor for Outstanding Wig and Hair Design. Cathy Hammer teases out the story.

Tender Shepherd

As award-winning biographer David Kaufman savors the publication of Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, Isa Goldberg gets the author to tell all.

Resurrection Story

Drama Desk filled Sardi’s for a panel moderated by Robin Milling discussing the triumphs and tribulations of “Reviving the Revival.” John Istel reports.

Like a comic superhero in a blockbuster film franchise, new productions of beloved musicals and classic plays never die. Why?

12 Years a Nominating Chair

Barbara Seigel's skein of seasons as Drama Desk Nominating Chair was unprecedented. The Board honored that commitment at its Annual Meeting.

As Barbara Seigel herself noted upon accepting a replica trophy of the Drama Desk Award, she'd served on the Nominating Committee for almost a third of Drama Desk's 60 years of award-giving. First for seven years as a regular committee member, and then for 12 more seasons as Chair, Seigel may have seen more theater than any other but a handful of human beings.