Drama Desk Awards 1997 New York Poster

Drama Desk Awards (1997 New York)

Sponsor and online marketing for the Drama Desk Awards at the Booth Theatre on Broadway on May 18, 1997.

The Drama Desk organization was formed in 1949 by a group of New York theater critics, editors, reporters and publishers, in order to make the public aware of the vital issues concerning the theatrical industry. They debuted the presentations of the Vernon Rice Awards in 1955.

The name honors the New York Post critic Vernon Rice, who had pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press.

The name was changed for the 1963–1964 awards season to the Drama Desk Awards. Broadway productions were included beginning with the 1968–69 award season. The awards are considered a significant American theater distinction.

The Drama Desk has more than 100 members, including theatre critics, reporters and editors who cover New York theater and vote on the awards.

The Drama Desk AwardsThe 1997 Drama Desk Awards recipients:

Outstanding Play How I Learned to Drive
Outstanding Musical The Life
Outstanding Musical Revival Chicago
Outstanding Play Revival A Doll’s House
Outstanding One-Person Show Fiona Shaw, The Waste Land
Outstanding Musical Revue Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly
Unique Theatrical Experience The Waste Land
Best Actor in a Play David Morse, How I Learned to Drive
Christopher Plummer, Barrymore
Best Actress in a Play Janet McTeer, A Doll’s House
Best Featured Actor in a Play Brian Murray, The Little Foxes
Best Featured Actress in a Play Dana Ivey, The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Sex and Longing
Best Actor in a Musical Robert Cuccioli, Jekyll & Hyde
Best Actress in a Musical Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago
Best Featured Actor in a Musical Joel Grey, Chicago
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Lillias White, The Life
Best Director of a Play Mark Brokaw, How I Learned to Drive
Best Director of a Musical Walter Bobbie, Chicago
Best Choreography Ann Reinking, Chicago
Best Music Cy Coleman, The Life
Best Lyrics Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back
Drama Desk Awards 1997 New York Program

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