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Let the Drama Desk Play-On Playlist Start Your Monday

Why did Jessie Mueller enter to a Donna Summer tune? Find out here while you listen along.

Michael Urie was the host of the 2016 Drama Desk Awards.
(© Seth Walters)

Aside from the legion of New York theater royalty in attendance at last night's Drama Desk Awards, one of the highlights of the evening was the live soundtrack that played the presenters, winners, and honorees on and off the stage.

It was an ultimate mega-mix of showtunes, top 40, and cult hits with which the folks on the Town Hall stage started playing a fun game of "Name That Tune." Not only that, but the logic behind the song-to-person pairings are like riddles that could keep you occupied for hours this fine Monday morning. Take a listen to the Drama Desk playlist below, and try to figure out for yourself why Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron were playing on to fun.'s "Carry On."


Montego Glover and Jayne Houdyshell entrance
"Let's Get It Started" (The Black Eyed Peas)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" (Jackie Wilson)

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
"With or Without You" (U2)

Michael Urie entrance
"Looks Like We Made It" (Barry Manilow)

Jim Dale entrance
"Believe It or Not" (from The Greatest American Hero)

Unique Theatrical Experience
"People Are Strange" (The Doors)

Adam Kantor entrance
"Kids" (MGMT)

Susan Lee from Camp Broadway entrance
"The Kids Are Alright" (The Who)

Aneesh Sheth entrance
"The Journey Home" (from Bombay Dreams)

Jane Krakowski entrance
"Oh! You Pretty Things" (David Bowie)

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (Jermaine Stewart)

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
"You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (from Annie)

Outstanding Wig and Hair
"Hair" (from Hair)

Georgia Engel entrance
"Georgia on My Mind"

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
"Safe and Sound" (Capital Cities)

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
"Cum on Feel the Noize" (Quiet Riot)

Drama Desk president Charles Wright entrance
Charles in Charge theme

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
"Lights" (Journey)

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
"Ray of Light" (Madonna)

Mario Cantone entrance
Super Mario Bros. theme

Outstanding Projection Design
"You Oughta Be in Pictures"

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play
"Build Me Up Buttercup" (The Foundations)

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical
"We Built This City" (Starship)

Marco Ramirez entrance (author of The Royale)
"Shadowboxer" (Fiona Apple)

The Royale cast entrance
"The Boxer" (Simon & Garfunkel)

Dee Hoty and Stephen Bogardus entrance
"Let Me Be Your Star" (from Smash)

Outstanding Orchestrations
"Band on the Run" (Paul McCartney and Wings)

Outstanding Music for a Play
"Listen to the Music" (The Doobie Brothers)

Eclipsed cast entrance
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler)

Danai Gurira entrance
"Walking on Sunshine" (Katrina and the Waves)

Maura Tierney entrance
"I Want You Back" (Jackson 5)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
"Lean on Me" (Bill Withers)

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
"Thank You for Being a Friend" (The Golden Girls theme)

Joe Mantello and Stephen Karam entrance
"Human Nature" (Michael Jackson)

The Humans cast entrance
"We Are Family" (Sister Sledge)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson entrance
"Jessie's Girl" (Rick Springfield)

Outstanding Choreography
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (Whitney Houston)

Jack O'Brien entrance
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (The Rolling Stones)

Outstanding Director of a Play
"Stand" (R.E.M.)

Outstanding Director of a Musical
"I Want It That Way" (Backstreet Boys)

Jessie Mueller entrance
"She Works Hard for the Money" (Donna Summer)

Michael Urie re-entrance
"Howdy Neighbor" (from Summer Stock)

Outstanding Solo Performance
"I Think We're Alone Now" (Tiffany)

Judith Light entrance
"Heartlight" (Neil Diamond)

Outstanding Actor in a Play
"Act Naturally" (The Beatles)

Outstanding Actress in a Play
"More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees)

Michael Cerveris entrance
"I Was Meant for the Stage" (The Decemberists)

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
"Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)" from Pinocchio

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
"She Drives Me Crazy" (Fine Young Cannibals)

Kirsten Sanderson entrance (director of First Daughter Suite)
"Daughters" (John Mayer)

Laura Benanti entrance
"She Loves Me" (from She Loves Me)

Sheldon Harnick entrance
"Rich Girl" (Gwen Stefani)

Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron entrance
"Carry On" (fun.)

Outstanding Music
"I Write the Songs" (Barry Manilow)

Outstanding Lyrics
"Word Up" (Cameo)

Outstanding Book of a Musical
"The Book of Love" (The Monotones)

Terry Kinney entrance
"Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)

Outstanding Revival of a Play
"Oops!... I Did It Again" (Britney Spears)

Outstanding Play
"Play the Game" (Queen)

Chita Rivera entrance
"Dancing Queen" (ABBA)

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
"Back in the High Life Again" (Steve Winwood)

Outstanding Musical
"A Musical" (from Something Rotten!)