Monday, June 1, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON Cleans Up at the 2015 Drama Desk Awards

The 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Tony winner Laura Benanti, were presented Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Town Hall in New York City. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway-bound musical Hamilton, which premiered Off-Broadway at the Public Theater and is now headed to Broadway, won seven awards (plus a special award) — the most of any production of the season – including Outstanding Musical.

Miranda won three awards for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music. In addition to Outstanding Musical, Hamilton won awards for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Thomas Kail), and Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical (Nevin Steinberg). Out of competition, the Drama Desk Awards awarded Andy Blankenbuehler a special award "for his inspired and heart-stopping choreography in Hamilton, which is indispensible to the musical's storytelling". 

The Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Hamilton's win for Outstanding Musical was the first time an off-Broadway production has beaten its Broadway competitors in the category since 1983, when Little Shop of Horrors was awarded the honor.

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