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Kyle Soller, Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance

‘The Inheritance’ wins five Drama Desk Awards

The Inheritance has won five categories at the Drama Desk Awards in New York, including outstanding play.

Matthew Lopez’s ‘extraordinary and epic’ (Sunday Times) two-part play was nominated across six categories, picking up wins for outstanding featured actor – won by Paul Hilton – and featured actress, which was won by Lois Smith.

Stephen Daldry won outstanding director and Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid won the sound design accolade for The Inheritance.

Spanning generations and many interlinking lives, The Inheritance is ‘an exquisitely truthful and funny modern classic’ (Telegraph) that brilliantly transposes EM Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’ to 21st century New York. The piece received its world premiere at London’s Young Vic theatre in 2018.

The 65th Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate theatre in New York, were announced in a virtual ceremony on June 13.

Moulin Rouge! and A Strange Loop also won five awards each, with Moulin Rouge! winning choreography, scenic design, costume design, lighting & sound; and, A Strange Loop winning outstanding musical, actor in a musical, director of a musical, book and lyrics.

Other winners included Adrienne Warren, who won outstanding actress in a musical for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Christian Borle for outstanding featured actor in a musical for Little Shop of Horrors and Laura Linney for outstanding solo performance in My Name is Lucy Barton, which previously ran in London.

Jack Thorne won the outstanding adaptation award for A Christmas Carol.

The winners in full were:

Outstanding play

The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez

Outstanding musical

A Strange Loop, Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 Productions

Outstanding revival of a play

A Soldier’s Play, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Little Shop of Horrors

Outstanding actor in a play

Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements

Outstanding actress in a play

Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Outstanding actor in a musical

Larry Owens, A Strange Loop

Outstanding actress in a musical

Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Outstanding featured actor in a play

Paul Hilton, The Inheritance

Outstanding featured actress in a play

Lois Smith, The Inheritance

Outstanding featured actor in a musical

Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors

Outstanding featured actress in a musical

Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill

Outstanding director of a play

Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance

Outstanding director of a musical

Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop

Outstanding choreography

Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding music

Dave Malloy, Octet

Outstanding lyrics

Michael R Jackson, A Strange Loop

Outstanding book of a musical

Michael R Jackson, A Strange Loop

Outstanding orchestrations

Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill

Outstanding music in a play

Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Outstanding scenic design for a play

Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons

Outstanding scenic design for a musical

Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding costume design for a play

Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare

Outstanding costume design for a musical

Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding lighting design for a play

Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside

Outstanding lighting design for a musical

Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding projection design

Luke Halls, West Side Story

Outstanding sound design for a play

Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, The Inheritance

Outstanding sound design for a musical

Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding wig and hair design

Campbell Young Associates, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Outstanding solo performance

Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton

Unique theatrical experience

Is This A Room, Vineyard Theatre

Outstanding fight choreography

Thomas Schall, A Soldier’s Play

Outstanding adaptation

A Christmas Carol, by Jack Thorne


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