Michael Urie to Host 61st Drama Desk Awards

March 11, 2016

Drama Desk President Charles Wright and Gretchen Shugart,  TheaterMania.com's CEO, announced that double Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, The Temperamentals) will serve as host of the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards. The ceremony is slated for Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). 

"We are thrilled to welcome Michael Urie as this year's Drama Desk Awards host. His charm, wit and warmth will make for a very special and lively evening as we celebrate excellence in New York theater," said Shugart.

"I can't wait to host the Drama Desk Awards show," Michael Urie said. "This year, to add more excitement, we're calling it Drama Desk: LIVE!" 

  For the fifth consecutive year, TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony and Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. Shugart is the Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group).

  Tickets to the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards will go on sale to the general public on March 28th at www.DramaDeskAwards.com.

  The Drama Desk Awards nominations announcement will take place on Thursday, April 28th at Feinstein's/54 Below at 10:00 am and will be streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com.