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.