Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony

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The 54th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held tonight, Sunday, May 17, 2009 in the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. Drama Desk nominees received their official Nomination Certificates at a cocktail reception on Friday, May 1st at Il Bastardo restaurant, 191 Seventh Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets).

Multiple Drama Desk and Tony Award winning actor/writer Harvey Fierstein was host for the 54th Annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony. BroadwayWorld's cameras were there for the pre-awards celebration at Rouge Tomate, 10 East 60th Street.

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. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition between Broadway, Off- Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.

The organization hosts panels throughout the year, to which the public is invited, to promote understanding and appreciation of the professional theater. In addition to honoring creative artists and stage productions in multiple categories, the Drama Desk annually presents scholarships to two worthy seniors in the Drama Department of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts who are planning careers in the theater.

Photos by Linda Lenzi

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Steve Kazee and Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Melanie Herman, Lynn Taylor Corbett and Jeff Hochhauser

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano

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Edward B. Kessel

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Anita Gillette and Robert R. Blume

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Michael Laurence and Sherri Laurence

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Robert R. Blume, Michael Laurence and Sherri Laurence

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Frank Blocker

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President, Rouge Tomate: Emanuel Verstrauten and Nil Sonmez

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Janine Nina Trevens and Joanna Greer

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KendRick Jones, Melinda Sullivan and Jeffrey Denman

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Tsidii Le Loka, William Wolf, Lillian Wolf and Willie Mosquera

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Shonn Wiley and Meredith Patterson

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Shonn Wiley and Meredith Patterson

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Dan Dutcher and Bill Schermerhorn

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Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Barbara Siegel, Joey Reynolds and Scott Siegel

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Nikki Blonsky and Matt Nolan

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Les Schecter and Nikki Blonsky

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Les Schecter and Nikki Blonsky

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Henry Hodges and Nikki Blonsky

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Henry Hodges and Nikki Blonsky

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Henry Hodges, Nikki Blonsky and Joel Rosenzweig

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William Michals, Stacia Teele and Steven Style

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Martha Plimpton

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Martha Plimpton

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Nil Sonmez, Martha Plimpton and Emanuel Verstrauten

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
 Nil Sonmez, Martha Plimpton and Emanuel Verstrauten

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Shannon Lewis and Marc Kudisch

Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Pre-Awards Ceremony
Shannon Lewis and Marc Kudisch

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