New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards (video)

Check out all of the winners, performances and witty speeches from Monday’s show at 54 Below.

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  • Photographer: Melissa Sinclair

    From left: Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver, Adam Feldman

  • Photographer: Melissa Sinclair

    From left: Brian Nash (piano), Peter Bartlett, Harriet Harris

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    Sigourney Weaver

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    Christopher Durang

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    Charles Busch

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    Ted Chapin

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    Young Jean Lee

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    Sarah Benson

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    Harriet Harris

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    John Lee Beatty

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    Molly Pope

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    Molly Pope

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    David Hyde Pierce

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    Adam Feldman

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    From left: Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly

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    From left: David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver

  • Photographer: Melissa Sinclair

    From left: David Hyde Pierce, John Lee Beatty

Photographer: Melissa Sinclair

From left: Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver, Adam Feldman


The Tony Awards ceremony may have size on its side, but for a real sense of intimacy and community, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards are the place to be. Founded in 1935 by a group of stage reviewers that included legends Brooks Atkinson and Walter Winchell, the NYDCC honors the best of New York theater both on Broadway and Off. On Monday, the 25 members (including TONY’s Adam Feldman—the group’s president—and David Cote) paid tribute to this year’s winners at swanky cabaret space 54 Below. Here are the honorees:

Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (by Christopher Durang)

Best Musical: Matilda (by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly)

Special citations:
Soho Rep
Encores! at New York City Center
John Lee Beatty (designer)

Emceed by Cinderella stars Peter Bartlett and Harriet Harris, the laid-back proceedings were marked by speeches that were genuinely funny and moving. Among the presenters were Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce (who costar in Vanya and Sonia), playwright Charles Busch and Off Broadway provocateur Young Jean Lee (one of our future legends). Christopher Durang discussed his love of Chekhov and also explained the reason he was walking with a cane (he injured his leg while performing Cole Porter’s “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”); John Lee Beatty recalled how he got his start in set design in his parents’ garage at the tender age of seven (“Twisted children do twisted things,” he said); and Encores!’s Ted Chapin recounted how the 20-year-old performance series was nearly called “Flops by Tops.”

Check out more awards highlights in the video below, plus a cabaret-tinged take on two songs from Matilda by brassy chanteuse Molly Pope.


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