On Thursday afternoon, the nominees for the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, to be held on May 18, came over to Arte Cafe to pick up their certificates and celebrate their good fortune. The equally gorgeous Paulo Szot and Kelli O'Hara, South Pacific's Emile and Nellie, were among the revelers.
Danny Burstein (right) -- who plays South Pacific's Luther Billis -- caught up with fellow Featured Actor nominee Shuler Hensley, who plays the Monster in Young Frankenstein.
The musical A Catered Affair received the most nominations of any show -- an even dozen -- including nods for Featured Actress Leslie Kritzer, book writer Harvey Fierstein, and star Faith Prince.
Tom Wopat, who plays Prince's strong-but-silent husband in A Catered Affair, was nominated for Featured Actor for his impressive work.
Award-winning British actor Daniel Evans picked up a Lead Actor nomination for his role(s) as George in the Roundabout Theatre's revival of Sunday in the Park With George.
The delightful Jenna Russell, who plays the role of Dot and Marie in Sunday, was delighted to be recognized with a nomination for Lead Actress.
Gypsy co-stars Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti were recognized as Featured Actor and Featured Actress, respectively, for their outstanding work as Herbie and Louise.
The brilliant -- and recently married -- Daniel Breaker earned a Leading Actor nomination for his role as "Youth" in Passing Strange.
The very busy Bobby Steggert -- to be seen this month in both the New York Philharmonic's Camelot and L.A. Theatre Works' Speech & Debate -- is a Featured Actor nominee for his role in the Vineyard Theatre's off-beat musical The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island.
Alice Ripley, too long absent from the New York stage, earned a well-deserved Leading Actress nomination for her fearless portrayal of the manic-depressive Diana in Second Stage's musical Next to Normal.
Four members of the cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama August: Osage County -- Jeff Perry, Deanna Dunagan, Amy Morton, and Rondi Reed -- received nominations for their stunning portrayals as members of a very dysfunctional Midwestern family.
The legendary Elizabeth Ashley received a Featured Actress nod for playing a feisty octogenarian in Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate -- a role she will happily repeat this fall when the show moves to Broadway.
Bill Pullman and Johanna Day were rightly remembered for their sterling work in Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry at Second Stage.
Michael T. Weiss looks very different than he did on stage as the drunken dad in the Atlantic Theater's Scarcity, for which he received a Featured Actor nomination.
Finally, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei was rewarded with a Featured Actress nod for playing multiple roles in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, which officially opens at the Biltmore on May 7.
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