On Sunday, May 18, the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were handed out at F.H. LaGuardia High School (see news story), and TheaterMania was on hand to greet all the happy winners, including Paulo Szot, who was named Outstanding Actor in a Musical for South Pacific, which won the award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, and Boyd Gaines were all recognized for their work in the revival of Gypsy.
Mark Rylance was named Outstanding Actor in a Play for his hilarious portrayal of the rube-like Robert in Boeing-Boeing, which also won Outstanding Revival of a Play.
Deanna Dunagan was named Outstanding Actress in a Play for her role as the tough-talking, pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston in August: Osage County, which was also named Outstanding Play.
Linda Lavin was named Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her work as a Long Island mother in Paul Rudnick's The New Century.
Bartlett Sher took home the prize as Outstanding Director of a Musical for South Pacific.