BMI Congratulates its 2016 Drama Desk Nominees

Posted in News on April 28, 2016
Michael John Lachiusa
Michael John Lachiusa

The nominations for this year’s Drama Desk Awards are in, and several BMI affiliates are on the top of the list! The awards, which are voted on by theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers covering theater, are given annually to honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway. Winners of the coveted awards will be announced during the ceremony on Sunday, June 5, at NYC’s Town Hall.

Here’s a complete list of BMI nominees:

Outstanding Musical

First Daughter Suite, Public Theater
Michael John LaChiusa, Music & Lyrics

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple
Allee Willis, composer

Fiddler on the Roof
Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock (Music & Lyrics)

She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company
Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock (Music & Lyrics)

Spring Awakening
Duncan Sheik, Stephen Sater (Music & Lyrics)

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Outstanding Choreography

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Outstanding Music

Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite

Tommy Crawford, Eloise Eonnet of The Lobbyists, SeaWife

Outstanding Lyrics

Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star

Larry Hochman, She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company

Joseph Joubert, The Color Purple

Outstanding Music in a Play

Estelle Bajou, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, One Year Lease Theater Company

Tom Kitt, Cymbeline, New York Shakespeare Festival

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Ryan Rumery, Empanada Loca

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Scott Lehrer, Shuffle Along

Sheldon Harnick – Special Drama Desk Award
New productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Rothschild and Sons, and She Loves Me this season remind us that this veteran lyricist’s takes on faith, family and community are as resonant as ever.


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