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Date Announced for the 2018 Drama Desk Awards

TheaterMania presents the New York theater awards, honoring Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway.

Jenn Colella and Gavin Creel with their 2017 Drama Desk Awards for Come From Away and Hello, Dolly!
Jenn Colella and Gavin Creel with their 2017 Drama Desk Awards for Come From Away and Hello, Dolly!
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The 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, presented by for the seventh consecutive year, will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Town Hall. The announcement was made this morning by Charles Wright, the Drama Desk's president, and Gretchen Shugart, president of arts and culture of and managing executive producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The nominations announcement will take place on Thursday, April 26, with the location and time to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off Broadway. The awards are voted on by theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers covering New York theater.

"The Drama Desk Awards are a wonderful celebration of what’s outstanding at all levels of professional theater in New York City," said Wright in a statement. "Our organization is privileged to collaborate again with and the talented production team assembled by Gretchen Shugart and Joey Parnes."

"TheaterMania is pleased to again present the prestigious Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall," added Shugart. "The Awards show celebrates the variety, creativity, and sheer talent that New York City theater offers. All of the exciting new productions opening in New York this year will certainly contribute to a great show at Town Hall."

Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show, which will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Mark Waldrop. In addition to TheaterMania and Shugart, Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone serve as executive producers of the Drama Desk Awards.