Drama Desk Awards Nominees- What It All Means for the 2018 Tony Awards!

By: Apr. 26, 2018
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Drama Desk Awards Nominees- What It All Means for the 2018 Tony Awards!

Earlier today, Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess announced the nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

What does today's news mean for the rest of awards season? Does love from the Drama Desk usually mean that a Tony nomination will follow?

Below, BroadwayWorld investigates how many Drama Desk nominees of the past were subsequently nominated for Tony Awards. Additionally, we calculated the percentage of eligible nominees (discounting off-Broadway nominees) who earned Tony nominations in the past ten years. Check out the chances that this year's Drama Desk nominees have at a Tony nod below!

Year Eligible DD Nominees That
Earned Tony Nominations
2017 52 of 75 69%
2016 50 of 71 70%
2015 48 of 69 70%
2014 60 of 83 72%
2013 50 of 75 67%
2012 46 of 74 62%
2011 52 of 75 69%
2010 51 of 85 60%
2009 52 of 89 58%
2008 49 of 83 59%
2007 55 of 86 64%

Click here for a full list of the 2018 nominees.

Drama Desk Awards, which are given annually in a number of categories, are 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 category. What sets Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater, without any vested interest in the results. For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect both enthusiasm for all aspects of New York's professional theater and a level of erudition and theatrical experience unparalleled in our industry's other prize-giving organizations.

Formed in 1949 by a group of New York City theater critics, editors, reporters, and publishers, the organization was created to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theater.

In 1955, Drama Desk became the first major organization to honor Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, with their Vernon Rice Awards, named for the late New York Post critic who had pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press.

In 1974, as Off and Off-Off Broadway grew in importance, Drama Desk began what has become its distinct tradition - evaluating all three venues by the same criteria. In 1974 Drama Desk also became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.In keeping with its original mission, the organization sponsors guest panel luncheons with theater professionals.Panels address topics of current interest - covering the season on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, with the aim of prompting informative and stimulating discussion.All of Drama Desk officers and Nominating Committee members perform their various services for the organization on a voluntary basis. The Nominating Committee generally meets twice a month to discuss the many eligible shows they are responsible for seeing. They then choose the productions for nomination on which the entire membership will vote. What sets the organization apart is that the awards are voted on by media people only without any vested interests in the results.