The Drama Desk Awards, the only major New York City theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same categories, returns to The Town Hall next Spring. Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com and Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards announced that the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDeskAwards.com) will be presented by TheaterMania.com on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, "Ugly Betty") will return as host of the ceremony.
The Drama Desk Awards nominations will be revealed on Thursday, April 27th at Feinstein's/54 Below at 10:00 a.m. The announcements will be streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com.
Wright affirmed that "Drama Desk is privileged to collaborate again with TheaterMania and the superb production team assembled by Gretchen Shugart and Joey Parnes - and to welcome back, as our host, the charming Michael Urie."
"TheaterMania is honored to present the prestigious Drama Desk Awards for our sixth consecutive year," Shugart said. "Celebrating New York City theater gives us a chance to showcase the creativity, diversity and excitement that is on and off Broadway with people around the globe. And with the amazing Michael Urie again leading the show, we know it will be a great night."
The Drama Desk Nominating Committee this season is composed of: David Barbour (Lighting&Sound America), Chair; Linda Buchwald (freelance, American Theatre, Playbill, TDF Stages, Theatre is Easy, JTA); Peter Filichia (Broadway Select, author, most recently, of The Great Parade: The Remarkable 1963-64 Broadway Season); David Finkle (Blogger, Huffington Post; Clyde Fitch Report); Sandy MacDonald (freelance, Time Out New York, TheaterNewsOnline.com); Douglas Strassler (Garden State Journal); Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania); Charles Wright (President, Drama Desk), ex officio.
In addition to TheaterMania and Ms. Shugart, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone are Executive Producers of the Drama Desk Awards.