Drama Desk Awards 1999 New York Poster

Drama Desk Awards (1999 New York)

Sponsor and online marketing for the 50th Anniversary of the Drama Desk Awards at the LaGuardia High School of the Arts (the Fame School) in New York on May 9, 1999.

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 1999 Drama Desk Awards recipients:

Outstanding Play Wit
Outstanding Musical Parade
Outstanding Musical Revival Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Outstanding Play Revival Death of a Salesman
The Iceman Cometh
Outstanding One-Person Show David Hare, Via Dolorosa
Best Actor in a Play Brian DennehyDeath of a Salesman
Best Actress in a Play Kathleen Chalfant, Wit
Best Featured Actor in a Play Kevin Anderson, Death of a Salesman
Best Featured Actress in a Play Anna Friel, Closer
Best Actor in a Musical Brent Carver, Parade
Best Actress in a Musical (tie) Carolee Carmello, Parade
Bernadette Peters, Annie Get Your Gun
Best Featured Actor in a Musical Roger Bart, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Kristen Chenoweth, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Best Director of a Play Trevor Nunn, Not about Nightingales
Best Director of a Musical Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake
Best Choreography Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake
Best Music Jason Robert Brown, Parade
Best Lyrics Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act
Outstanding Book of a Musica Alfred Uhry, Parade
Outstanding Orchestrations Don Sebesky, Parade
Outstanding Set Design of a Play Richard Hoover, Not about Nightingales
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical Lez Brotherson, Swan Lake
Special Awards Al Hirschfeld (lifetime achievement)
Sony Classical (for its Columbia Broadway Masterworks Series)
The Actor’s Fund
Drama Desk Awards 1999 New York Program

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