SIX, COMPANY, CLYDE’S Top 2022 Drama Desk Awards Wins

Dan Meyer
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June 8, 2022 1:56 PM

Three Broadway shows have topped the most wins list for the 2022 Drama Desk Awards. Six, Company, and Clyde’s all took home four awards each, although the Broadway-bound Kimberly Akimbo and Prayers for the French Republic won top honors: Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Play, respectively.

In addition to the previously announced inaugural Ensemble Award, Six creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss won Outstanding Music and Lyrics (two separate categories unlike the Tony Awards). Gabriella Slade also won for her 21st century-meets-Tudor-realness costume.

Marianne Elliott won Outstanding Director of a Musical for Company, which also took home Musical Revival, along with wins for featured performers in a musical: Matt Doyle and Patti LuPone.

Ron Cephas-Jones won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Clyde’s. In the play categories, Takeshi Kata won for his scenic design, Jennifer Moeller for her costumes, Christopher Akerlind for his lighting. That latter win was a tie with Amith Chandrashaker’s designs for Prayer for the French Republic.

For their performances, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues) won Actor in a Play, Phylicia Rashad (Skeleton Crew) won Actress in a Play, Jaquel Spivey (A Strange Loop) won Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Joaquina Kalukango (Paradise Square) won Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Francis Benhamou (Prayer for the French Republic) won Featured Actress in a Play.

On the creative side, Rebecca Frecknall won Director of a Play for Sanctuary City at New York Theatre Workshop. Bill T. Jones took home choreography for Paradise Square, Bruce Sussman won for his book to Harmony, Bill Sims Jr., won for his music in the play Lackawanna Blues, and Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg were celebrated for their orchestrations in MJ.

The Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive won Outstanding Revival of a Play, having won Best Play in 1997 for its Off-Broadway production at the Vineyard Theatre. For a full list of winners, click here.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.