Ragtime, Scottsboro Boys top Drama Desk contenders

A short-lived Broadway revival of the musical Ragtime and the acclaimed recent off-Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys are the lead nominees for New York's Drama Desk Awards.

A short-lived Broadway revival of the musical Ragtime and the acclaimed recent off-Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys are the lead nominees for New York's Drama Desk Awards.

Ragtime, now defunct, picked up nine nominations, tying with The Scottsboro Boys — one of iconic duo John Kander and Fred Ebb's final collaborations before the latter's death in 2004.

A close pack of contenders followed, with The Addams Family and Finian's Rainbow nabbing eight nods each, and La Cage aux Folles, Memphis, Red and Yank! earning seven nominations.

While the Tonys only take into account Broadway productions, the annual Drama Desk Awards equally celebrate the achievements of all areas of New York's theatre scene: Broadway, off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and not-for-profit.

Actors honoured for their performances include Jude Law (Hamlet), Liev Schreiber (A View from the Bridge), Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) and Nathan Lane (The Addams Family).

Actresses in contention include Anne Hathaway (Twelfth Night), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music).

Selected nominees include:

  • Outstanding play: My Wonderful Day; Circle Mirror Transformation; Happy Now?; Red; Next Fall; Clybourne Park.
  • Outstanding musical: American Idiot; Everyday Rapture; Memphis; The Addams Family; The Scottsboro Boys; Yank!
  • Outstanding play revival: A View from the Bridge; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Fences; Hamlet; So Help Me God!; The Boys in the Band.
  • Outstanding musical revival: A Little Night Music; Finian's Rainbow; La Cage Aux Folles; Promises, Promises; Ragtime.

A complete list of nominees is available on the Drama Desk website.

Organizers also singled out a number of special award-winners for theatrical excellence and for their contribution to the greater theatre scene: The Godlight and Ma-Yi Theater Companies, composer and lyricist Jerry Herman and the cast, creative team and producers of the epic Horton Foote production The Orphans' Home Cycle.

Hosted by popular stage actress Patti LuPone, the Drama Desk Awards gala will take place May 23 at the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.