Drama Desk Awards 2006

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Black Tie preferred! - Creative Black Tie Welcome! Celebrating excellence in all sectors of New York's theater world, the 51st Annual Drama Desk Awards will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center, beginning at 9pm. Harvey Fierstein, the multi award-winning comic actor returns for the third consecutive year to host the 51st Annual Drama Desk Awards, celebrating excellence in all sectors of New York's theatre world. The event will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2005 from 9:00pm - 11:00pm at the Concert Hall at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (the "Fame" school). Over the last 51 years, the prestige of the Drama Desk has helped launch the careers of many major stars and playwrights. The 1st Award that Andrew Lloyd Webber received in the American Theater was a Drama Desk Award. The Drama Desk is the only major theatre award which considers Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway equally in all its multiple categories. The Drama Desk membership includes more than 130 voting theatre critics, reporters and editors. In recent years, the awards ceremony -- presented by Robert R. Blume, produced and directed by Lauren Class Schneider and Jeff Kalpak, respectively -- has been hosted by such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, and Rue McClanahan. Among the many notable participants have been Hugh Jackman, Antonio Banderas, Billy Crystal, Sean Combs, Alan Alda, Kathleen Turner, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, Frank Langella, Audra McDonald, Christopher Plummer, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, and John Lithgow. Many of the current stars on Broadway and Off-Broadway are expected to attend the Awards Ceremony. Gold Ticket includes priority seating in the first seven rows and attendance at exclusive star-studded VIP pre and post-show parties! The Drama Desk Awards will be webcast LIVE on TheaterMania.com. Appropriate For Ages: 16 and up

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