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ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, FOLLIES, Audra McDonald, James Corden Win Big at the 2012 Drama Desk Awards - All the Winners!

Nominations for the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced at a news conference on April 27 and after weeks of anticipation, the ceremony just ended at The Town Hall! BroadwayWorld was there and will be bringing you the full spectrum of coverage, and below, we just finished tracking the winners in real-time, updating LIVE!

The festivities were presided over by star of stage and screen Brooke Shields and Broadway favorite - and Drama Desk winner - Brian d'Arcy James.

The awards ceremony was also streamed live at www.DramaDeskAwards.com.

And, the winners are... 

Outstanding Play
David Henry HwangChinglish
Dan LeFranc, The Big Meal
Members of the Plastic Theatre, Unnatural Acts
Ita mar Moses, Completeness 
Lynn NottageBy the Way, Meet Vera Stark 
Nina RaineTribes ***WINNER***
Nicky SilverThe Lyons

Outstanding Musical 
Bonnie & Clyde 
Death Takes Holiday 
Leap of Faith 
Newsies The Musical 
Nice Work If You Can Get It 
Once ***WINNER***
Queen of the Mist 

Outstanding Revival of a Play 
A Little Journey 
Death of Salesman ***WINNER***
Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque 
Gore Vidal's The Best Man 
Lost in Yonkers 
Richard III

Outstanding Revival of a Musical 
Carrie 
Evita 
Follies ***WINNER***
Jesus Christ Superstar 
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
The Threepenny Opera 

Outstanding Actor in a Play 
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors ***WINNER***
Hugh Dancy, Venus in Fur 
Claybourne Elder, One Arm 
Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet 
Joseph Franchini, The Navigator 
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Death of a Salesman 
Kevin Spacey, Richard III 

Outstanding Actress in a Play 
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow ***WINNER***
Sanaa Lathan, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark 
Linda Lavin, The Lyons 
Jennifer Lim, Chinglish 
Kim Martin-Cotten, A Moon for the Misbegotten 
Carey Mulligan, Through a Glass Darkly 
Joely Richardson, Side Effects 

Outstanding Actor in a Musical 
Danny Burstein, Follies ***WINNER***
Kevin Earley, Death Takes a Holiday 
Raul Esparza, Leap of Faith 
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies The Musical 
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
Ricky Martin, Evita 

Outstanding Actress in a Musical 
Miche Braden, The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith 
Jan Maxwell, Follies 
Audra McDonald, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess ***WINNER***
Kelli O'Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It 
Bernadette Peters, Follies 
Molly Ranson, Carrie

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play 
Bill Camp, Oeath of a Salesman 
Jim Dale, The Road to Mecca 
Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors ***WINNER***
Bill IrwinKing Lear 
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts 
Will Rogers, Unnatural Acts 
Morgan Spector, Russian Transport 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play 
Stephanie JBlock, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark 
Anna Camp, All New People 
Kimberly Hebert Gregory, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark 
Lisa Joyce, The Ugly One 
Joaquina Kalukango, Hurt Vii/age 
Angela LansburyGore Vidal's The Best Man 
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities ***WINNER***

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical 
Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
Matt Cavenaugh, Death Takes a Holiday 
Michael Cerveris, Evita 
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It ***WINNER***
Patrick PageSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark 
Andrew Samonsky, Queen of the Mist 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical 
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It ***WINNER***
Marin Mazzie, Carrie 
Jessie Mueller, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 
Elaine Paige, Follies 
Sarah Sokolovic, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World 
Melissa van Der Schyff, Bonnie  & Clyde

Outstanding Director of a Play 
Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark 
David Cromer, Tribes 
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, These Seven Sicknesses 
Sam Mendes, Richard III
Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman ***WINNER***
Tony Speciale, Unnatural Acts

Outstanding Director of a Musical 
Christopher Ashley, Leap of Faith 
Jack Cummings III, Queen of the Mist 
Doug Hughes, Death Takes Holiday 
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It 
Eric Schaeffer, Follies 
John TiffanyOnce ***WINNER***

Outstanding Choreography 
Rob Ashford, Evita 
Warren CarlyleFollies 
Breandan de GallalNoctu 
Christopher Gattelli, Newsies The Musical ***WINNER***
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It 
Sergio Trujillo, Leap of Faith 

Outstanding Music 
Glen Hansard and Marketa lrqlova, Once 
Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist 
Alan Menken, Leap of Faith 
Alan Menken, Newsies The Musical ***WINNER***
Frank Wildhorn, Bonnie  & Clyde 
Maury Yeston, Death Takes a Holiday 

Outstanding Lyrics 
Don BlackBonnie  & Clyde 
Jack Feldman, Newsies The Musical 
Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World 
Glen Hansard and Marketa lrqlovaOnce ***WINNER***
Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist 
Maury Yeston, Death Takes a Holiday 

Outstanding Book of a Musical 
Douglas Carter Beane, Lysistrata Jones 
Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, Leap of Faith 
Joe DiPietro, Nice Work If You Can Get It ***WINNER***
Joy Gregory, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World 
Michael John LaChiusa, Queen of the Mist 
Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, Death Takes a Holiday

Outstanding Music in a Play 
Mark Bennett, An Iliad 
Mark Bennett, Richard III 
Tom Kitt, Ail's Well That Ends Well 
Gina Leishman, Septimus and Clarissa 
Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors ***WINNER***
Suzanne Vega and Duncan SheikCarson McCullers Talks About Love 

Outstanding Orchestrations
Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Larry Hochman, Death Takes a Holiday
Martin Lowe, Once ***WINNER***
John McDaniel, Bonnie & Clyde
Michael Starobin, Queen of the Mist
Danny Troob, Newsies

Outstanding Revue 
Newsical the MusicalEnd of the World Edition 
The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman ***WINNER***

Outstanding Set Design 
Jon DriscollRob Howell and Paul Kieve, Ghost The Musical ***WINNER***
David Gallo, The Mountaintop 
Roger Hanna, A Little Journey 
David Korins, Assistance 
David Korins, Chinglish 
Derek McLane, Follies

Outstanding Costume Design 
Gregg Barnes, Follies ***WINNER***
ESosa, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark 
William Ivey Long, Lucky Guy 
Jessica Pabst, She Kills Monsters 
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It 
Catherine Zuber, Death Takes a Holiday 

Outstanding Lighting Design 
Kevin AdamsCarrie 
Neil Austin, Evita 
David Lander, One Arm 
Brian MacDeviU, Death of a Salesman ***WINNER***
Kenneth PosnerDeath Takes a Holiday 
Paul Pyant, Richard III 

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical 
ACME Sound Partners, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess ***WINNER***
Jonathan DeansCarrie 
Clive Goodwin, Once 
Kai Harada, Follies 
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Jesus Christ Superstar 
Jon Weston, Death Takes a Holiday

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play 
Quentin Chiappetta/mediaNoise, The Navigator
Gregory ClarkeMisterman
Gareth FryRichard III
John GromadaGore Vidal's The Best Man ***WINNER***
Stowe NelsonSamuel and Alasdair: A Personal History  of the Robot War 
Shane RettigShe Kills Monsters 

Outstanding Solo Performance 
Baba Brinkman, The Rap Guide to Evolution 
Suli HolumChimera 
Jeff KeyThe Eyes  of Babylon 
Cillian Murphy, Misterman ***WINNER***
Denis O'HareAn Iliad 
Stephen SpinellaAn Iliad

Unique Theatrical Experience 
Give Me Your Hand 
Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) ***WINNER***
Noctu 
The Complete  & Condensed Stage Directions  of Eugene O'Neill, Vol.  1: Early 
Plays/Lost Plays 
The Ryan Case 1873 
White

Outstanding Ensemble Performance 
This year the nominators chose to bestow a special ensemble award for acting to the cast of Sweet and Sad. Jon DevriesShuler HensleyMaryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, and J. Smith-Cameron are among New York's best actors, who came together as one unforgettable stage family. Therefore, the individual cast members were not eligible for acting awards in the competitive categories. members were not eligible for acting awards in the competitive categories. 

Special Awards
 
Each year, the Drama Desk votes special awards to recognize excellence and significant contributions to the theater. For 2011-2012, these awards are: 

• To Mary Testa: For over three decades, she has dazzled audiences with consistently outstanding work, including her tour-de-force performance in this season's Queen of the Mist. 
• To Nick Westrate: His versatility in Unnatural Acts, Love's Labor's Lost, and Galileo was a highlight of the season. 
• To New Victory Theatre: For providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people. 
• To Stephen Karam, the newly created Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award: The profoundly moving Sons of the Prophet confirmed his status as one of the most promising playwrights of his generation.

This year's award show was written by cast album producer, playwright, and two-time Drama Desk Award winner Bill Rosenfield and directed by multi-award winning director Mark Waldrop (Divine Miss Millennium Tour, When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends). Executive Producer Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania, presented the awards ceremony with Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone in association with Renee McCurry. Joey Parnes Productions produced and managed the event.

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. For more information, visit www.dramadeskawards.com.

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