Monday, April 30, 2012

Drama Desk announces nominees for Outstanding Orchestrations

NEW YORK CITY: After hearing the outpouring of concern and support for the category, the Drama Desk has reinstated the category for this year’s awards show on June 3 at The Town Hall.

The Nominating Committee reassembled over the weekend to select this year’s most Outstanding Orchestrations. The nominees are:

1. Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
2. Larry Hochman, Death Takes a Holiday
3. Martin Lowe, Once
4. John McDaniel, Bonnie & Clyde
5. Michael Starobin, Queen of the Mist
6. Danny Troob, Newsies

Speaking personally, I am thrilled with this decision to re-instate the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Orchestrations.  I hope that nobody will ever forget, ignore or neglect the profound artistic significance of orchestrations in the American theater.

Okay, now let's go back to work, orchestrators, because those orchestrations are not going to write themselves.

The Drama Desk nominees will receive their nomination certificates at an exclusive by invitation only Nominees Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Oceana Restaurant in Manhattan.

The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan. and its CEO and Executive Producer Gretchen Shugart will present the awards ceremony with Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone in association with Renee McCurry. has engaged Joey Parnes Productions to produce and manage the event.

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