'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder' top winner at 2014 Drama Desk Awards

Call it A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder & Winning Big.

The musical comedy dominated the 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards, taking home a leading seven trophies at the gala held Sunday night at The Town Hall in New York City. Based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: the Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, the farce was named outstanding musical and received the musical direction award for Darko Tresnjak.

Star Jefferson Mays won for outstanding actor in a musical, an honor he shared with Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Lauren Worsham was named outstanding featured actress in a musical. Robert L. Freedman was recognized for outstanding book of a musical and outstanding lyrics alongside co-lyricist Steven Lutvak, and Aaron Rhyne won for outstanding production design.

No production came close to topping Gentleman’s Guide‘s awards totals, though Beautiful: The Carole King Musical did win in three categories: outstanding actress in a musical for Jessie Mueller, outstanding featured actress in a musical for Anika Larsen (yes, it was another tie with Worsham), and outstanding sound design in a musical.

Outstanding play went to All the Way, which also earned a best actor win for Bryan Cranston, who plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the historical drama.

In addition to Harris’ actor award, Hedwig and the Angry Inch picked up the prize for top revival of a musical. And though she plays — and sings as — jazz legend Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Audra McDonald was nominated in the outstanding actress in play category, which she won.

Shakespeare’s Globe production of Twelfth Night was named outstanding revival of a play. Tim Carroll took directing honors for the production.

Nominees for this year’s Drama Desk Awards were selected from shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway during the 2013-2014 New York theater season. The full list of winners is below:

Outstanding Play
Robert Schenkkan, All the Way

Outstanding Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Twelfth Night

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (tie)
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (tie)

Outstanding Director of a Play
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Choreography
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Outstanding Music
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Outstanding Lyrics
Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Outstanding Music in a Play
Nico Muhly, The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Revue
After Midnight

Outstanding Set Design
Christopher Barreca, Rocky

Outstanding Costume Design
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical

Outstanding Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky

Outstanding Projection Design
Aaron Rhyne, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Matt Tierney, Machinal

Outstanding Solo Performance
John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf

Unique Theatrical Experience
Cirkopolis


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