The Drama Desk Awards were given out Monday night at Town Hall in Manhattan, and Upper Darby’s Tina Fey won for best book for her musical Mean Girls. Good call: The book is by far the best part of the show.
>> READ MORE: Here’s our full review of “Mean Girls” on Broadway
These awards are interesting because they pit Broadway, Off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway shows against one another in all categories. The voters and bestowers are theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers who cover theater.
The Tony Awards show follows at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Although the Drama Desks cover a different body of theater and are awarded by a somewhat different votership, you can get a sense of who may be big Tony winners overall.
The biggest Drama Desk winner among musicals was SpongeBob SquarePants, with six awards, including best musical. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the revival of Carousel won five awards apiece.
>> READ MORE: Here’s the full list of Drama Desk Award winners
Drama Desk voters chose Angels in America as best play and named its star, Andrew Garfield, outstanding actor in a play. Nathan Lane won the award for outstanding featured actor for his Angels role as Roy Cohn.
Also of note was splendid Glenda Jackson, who won outstanding actress in a play for Three Tall Women.