*The Broadway productions Fences and Memphis racked up wins at the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards, held May 23 at the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.
Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, tied with A View from the Bridge for Outstanding Revival of a Play, while Davis earned the award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. Also, composer Branford Marsalis earned for Outstanding Music in a Play.
Memphis earned four top honors: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (David Bryan), Outstanding Orchestrations (Bryan and Daryl Waters) and Outstanding Actress in a Musical for star Montego Glover, who tied with Catherine Zeta-Jones of A Little Night Music.
Presenters for the evening included Edward Albee, Corbin Bleu, Michael Cerveris, Boyd Gaines, Ana Gasteyer, Mitzi Gaynor, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Jesse L. Martin, Matthew Modine, Martha Plimpton and Brooke Shields.
The Drama Desk is an organization of theatre critics, writers and editors that honors excellence in all areas of New York theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and not-for-profit.