Last night, Harvey Feirstein hosted the 56th annual Drama Desk awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center. Considered one of the most prestigious awards in American theater, the Drama Desk awards differ from the Tony's, held next month, in that they recognize off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions as well as shows like this years' smash hit "Book of Mormon."
That didn't stop "Book of Mormon" from being one of the biggest winners of the night, tying with the revival of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" for five awards each. "Book of Mormon" won best musical, music, lyrics, director and orchestration, and is nominated for 14 Tony Awards, almost tying with the record held by "The Producers" for 15 nominations. The unlikely hit about two Mormon missionaries who go to Africa is the breakout success of the year and was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("South Park") and Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q").
"Anything Goes" won Best Revival, beating out the star-studded "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" which boasts stars such as Daniel Radcliffe in his musical debut and John Laroquette. Sutton Foster also won Outstanding Actress for her role in "Anything Goes". Foster just recently finished teaching at NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway, where students study musical theater. It will be interesting to see whether this serves as an accurate prediction of the Tony awards in one month.
To see the full list of winners click here.
Correction: "How to Succeed" is Radcliffe's musical debut, not his Broadway debut. He was previously in "Equus" in 2009