Michael Urie Will Host the Drama Desk Awards; Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!
The Drama Desk has announced that Drama Desk Award-winning actor Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar, "Ugly Betty") will host The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards, Sunday, June 2 at 8PM at The Town Hall in New York City. This marks Urie's fourth consecutive time hosting the ceremony. Public tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9 at 12PM EST, for the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards, and can be purchased at www.DramaDeskAwards.com. VIP tickets will become available later this month.
Nominations for The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced on Thursday, April 25th.
The Drama Desk Awards are the only major theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same categories.
In a joint statement, Drama Desk co-presidents Charles Wright and David Barbour said: "The Board of the Drama Desk is delighted to welcome Michael Urie for his fourth stint as host of the Awards ceremony. Michael's charm, spirited stage presence, and distinctive sense of humor guarantee that this will be an evening of fun and surprises. A Drama Desk recipient himself, Michael is the ideal ambassador for our organization and the Awards, both in the theater community and beyond."
Matt Britten, Broadway Brands CEO, will serve as executive producer and Joey Parnes Productions will produce the ceremony, as it has since 2012. The show will be written by Bill Rosenfield (46 Beacon, True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow), returning for his seventh year; directed by Mark Waldrop (Not That Jewish, Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends), marking his fourth year; and music-directed by Dan Lipton (The Band's Visit, The Last Ship), making his fifth appearance.
The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. What sets Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater. For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect enthusiasm for all aspects of New York's professional theater.