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'Billy Elliot' Nabs Drama Desk Best Musical

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It was a full day's work for the Billy Elliot the musical as it garnered a 10 Drama Desk Awards, with winners announced May 17, 2009 at New York's Friars Club.

The Drama Desk is an organization of New York-based critics and writers who recognize excellence in all areas of New York theater.

The winners are in bold among the following nominees.

2009 marks the 54th Drama Desk Awards and the nominees include:
  • Outstanding Play
    
Annie Baker, Body Awareness
    
Gina Gionfriddo, Becky Shaw
    
Neil LaBute, reasons to be pretty
    
Lynn Nottage, Ruined
    
Michael Weller, Fifty Words
    
Craig Wright, Lady

  • Outstanding Musical
    9 to 5
    Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Fela!
    
Liza's at the Palace . . .
    Shrek The Musical
    
The Story of My Life


  • Outstanding Revival of a Play
    Blithe Spirit
    Exit the King
    Mary Stuart
    
The Cripple of Inishmaan
    
The Norman Conquests
    
Waiting for Godot


  • Outstanding Revival of a Musical
    Enter Laughing the Musical
    Hair
    Pal Joey
    West Side Story

  • Outstanding Actor in a Play
    
Simon Russell Beale, The Winter's Tale
    
Reed Birney, Blasted
    
Raúl Esparza, Speed-The-Plow
    
Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot
    
Daniel Radcliffe, Equus
    
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King
    
Thomas Sadoski, reasons to be pretty

  • Outstanding Actress in a Play
    
Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Ruined
    
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
    
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
    
Elizabeth Marvel, Fifty Words
    
Jan Maxwell, Scenes From an Execution
    
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart

  • Outstanding Actor in a Musical
    
James Barbour, A Tale of Two Cities
    
Daniel Breaker, Shrek the Musical
    
Brian d'Arcy James, Shrek the Musical
    
Josh Grisetti, Enter Laughing the Musical
    
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!
    
Will Swenson, Hair

  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical
    
Stephanie J. Block, 9 to 5
    
Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
    
Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical
    
Megan Hilty, 9 to 5
    
Allison Janney, 9 to 5
    
Karen Murphy, My Vaudeville Man!

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
    
Brian d'Arcy James, Port Authority
    
Jeremy Davidson, Back Back Back
    
Peter Friedman, Body Awareness
    
Ethan Hawke, The Winter's Tale
    
Pablo Schreiber, reasons to be pretty (Off-Broadway)
    
Jeremy Shamos, Animals Out of Paper

  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
    
Rebecca Hall, The Cherry Orchard
    
Zoe Kazan, The Seagull
    
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit
    
Andrea Martin, Exit the King
    
Carey Mulligan, The Seagull
    
Condola Rashad, Ruined

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
    
Hunter Foster, Happiness
    
Demond Green, The Toxic Avenger
    
Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Marc Kudisch, 9 to 5
    
Bryce Ryness, Hair
    
Christopher Sieber, Shrek the Musical

  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
    
Farah Alvin, The Marvelous Wonderettes
    
Christina Bianco, Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
    
Haydn Gwynne, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Karen Olivo, West Side Story
    
Nancy Opel, The Toxic Avenger
    
Martha Plimpton, Pal Joey

  • Outstanding Director of a Play
    
Sarah Benson, Blasted
    
Michael Blakemore, Blithe Spirit
    
Garry Hynes, The Cripple of Inishmaan
    
Terry Kinney, reasons to be pretty
    
Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests
    
Kate Whoriskey, Ruined

  • Outstanding Director of a Musical
    
Walter Bobbie, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
    
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Joe Mantello, 9 to 5
    
Jason Moore, Shrek the Musical
    
Diane Paulus, Hair
    
Stuart Ross, Enter Laughing the Musical

  • Outstanding Choreography
    
Karole Armitage, Hair
    
Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5
    
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
    
Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
    
Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Shonn Wiley, My Vaudeville Man!

  • Outstanding Music
    
Neil Bartram, The Story of My Life
    
Zina Goldrich, Dear Edwina
    
Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Dolly Parton, 9 to 5
    
Stephen Sondheim, Road Show
    
Jeanine Tesori, Shrek the Musical

  • Outstanding Lyrics
    
Neil Bartram, The Story of My Life
    
Jason Robert Brown, 13
    
Marcy Heisler, Dear Edwina
    
David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical
    
Dolly Parton, 9 to 5
    
Stephen Sondheim, Road Show

  • Outstanding Book of a Musical
    
Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis, This Beautiful City
    
Joe DiPietro, The Toxic Avenger
    
Lee Hall, Billy Elliot the Musical
    
Brian Hill, The Story of My Life
    
David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical
    
Patricia Resnick, 9 to 5

  • Outstanding Solo Performance
    
Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me
    
Frank Blocker, Southern Gothic Novel
    
Michael Laurence, Krapp, 39
    
Lorenzo Pisoni, Humor Abuse
    
Matt Sax, Clay
    
Campbell Scott, The Atheist

  • Outstanding Ensemble Performances(Non-Competitive)
    The Cripple of Inishmaan
    
The Norman Conquests
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