As previously reported, the awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 3, at 8pm at The Town Hall in Manhattan. Executive Producer Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com, will present the awards ceremony with Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone in association with Renee McCurry. TheaterMania.com has engaged Joey Parnes Productions to produce and manage the event.
James, currently co-starring in the NBC/Dreamworks series Smash, won the Drama Desk Award for Shrek and has been nominated for four other Drama Desks. Murphy has won three Drama Desk Awards (LoveMusik, Passion and Wonderful Town) and two Tony Awards (Passion and The King and I) during the course of her career.
The Drama Desk was founded in 1949, and is the only critics organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.