Drama Desk Nominations Are Unveiled

From Associated Press

“Grand Hotel” and “City of Angels,” two big Broadway musicals, each received 12 Drama Desk nominations Thursday for outstanding achievement during the 1989-90 New York theater season.

Both shows were nominated for best musical, as was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Aspects of Love.”

Five productions were nominated for best play: “The Lisbon Traviata” by Terrence McNally, “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson, “Prelude to a Kiss” by Craig Lucas, “The Secret Rapture” by David Hare and “Some Americans Abroad” by Richard Nelson.

Several big-name stars were snubbed in the acting categories. Not nominated were Maggie Smith of “Lettice and Lovage,” Kathleen Turner of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Rex Harrison of “The Circle” and Vanessa Redgrave of “Orphesus Descending.” Dustin Hoffman, who played Shylock in a revival of “The Merchant of Venice” was nominated in the featured actor category.


Other major nominations were:

Best actor in a play: Alec Baldwin, “Prelude to a Kiss”; Charles S. Dutton, “The Piano Lesson”; Nathan Lane, “The Lisbon Traviata”; Gary Sinise, “The Grapes of Wrath,” and Colin Stinton, “Some Americans Abroad.”

Best actress in a play: Geraldine James, “The Merchant of Venice”; Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, “Twelfth Night”; S. Epatha Merkerson, “The Piano Lesson,” and Mary-Louise Parker, “Prelude to a Kiss.”

Best actor in a musical: Mike Burstyn, “The Rothschilds”; David Carroll, “Grand Hotel”; Philip Casnoff, “Up Against It,” and James Naughton, “City of Angels.”

Best actress in a musical: “The Sound of Music”; Tyne Daly, “Gypsy,” and Lynne Wintersteller, “Closer Than Ever.”