World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

Article Id: WHEBN0022653931
Reproduction Date:

Title: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: A Little Night Music, Dolly Parton, Follies, Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures, Rent (musical), Company (musical), Evita (musical), Les Misérables (musical), Starlight Express
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Music
Awarded for Outstanding Music
Location United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by Jason Robert Brown for The Bridges of Madison County (2014)
Official website

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The award was originally entitled Best Composter, before being renamed to its current title in 1969. The award is often referred to as Outstanding Score of a Musical.

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees


Year Composer Production
Al Carmines In Circles
Galt MacDermot Hair
Al Carmines Peace
Burt Bacharach Promises, Promises


Year Composer Production
Stephen Sondheim Company
Kurt Weill Mahagonny
Stephen Sondheim Follies
Galt MacDermot Two Gentlemen of Verona
Stephen Sondheim A Little Night Music
Al Carmines The Faggot
Charlie Smalls The Wiz
Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman and Chuck Strand The Lieutenant
Jerry Herman Mack and Mabel
Fred Silver In Gay Company
Marvin Hamlisch A Chorus Line
Leonard Bernstein 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Bill Heyer and Hank Beebe Tuscaloosa's Calling Me
Stephen Sondheim Pacific Overtures
Cy Coleman I Love My Wife
Charles Strouse Annie
Elizabeth Swados Nightclub Cantata
Robert Waldman The Robber Bridegroom
Cy Coleman On the Twentieth Century
Carol Hall The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
Stephen Sondheim Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Nancy Ford I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon They're Playing Our Song
Jerome Kass Ballroom
Michel Legrand The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


Year Composer Production
Andrew Lloyd Webber Evita
Cy Coleman Barnum
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
Maury Yeston Nine
Stephen Sondheim Merrily We Roll Along
Jim Wann Pump Boys and Dinettes
Andrew Lloyd Webber Cats
Larry Grossman A Doll's Life
Gerald Jay Markee Charlotte Sweet
Des McAnuff Death of Von Richthofen
Alan Menken Little Shop of Horrors
Jerry Herman La Cage aux Folles
Galt MacDermot The Human Comedy
David Shire Baby
Stephen Sondheim Sunday in the Park with George
Larry Grossman Grind
Roger Miller Big River
Michael Rupert 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down
Rupert Holmes The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Polly Pen Goblin Market
Charles Strouse Mayor
Andrew Lloyd Webber Song and Dance
Noel Gay Me and My Girl
Claude-Michel Schönberg Les Misérables
Nick Bicat The Knife
Charles Strouse Rags
Andrew Lloyd Webber Starlight Express
Andrew Lloyd Webber Phantom of the Opera
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Chess
David Evans Birds of Paradise
Hugh Masekela and Mbongeni Ngema Sarafina!
Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods


Year Composer Production
Cy Coleman City of Angels
George Forrest, Maury Yeston and Robert Wright Grand Hotel
Ástor Piazzolla Dangerous Games
David Shire Closer Than Ever
Andrew Lloyd Webber Aspects of Love
Cy Coleman The Will Rogers Follies
David Bucknam The Waves
William Finn Falsettoland
Lucy Simon The Secret Garden
Stephen Sondheim Assassins
Erik Frandsen, Michael Garin, Paul Lockheart, and Robert Hipkins Song of Singapore
Marvin Hamlisch The Goodbye Girl
John Kander Kiss of the Spider Woman
Jeffrey Lunden Wings
Stephen Sondheim Passion
Michael John LaChiusa Hello Again
Alan Menken Beauty and the Beast
Polly Pen Christina Alberta's Father
Tom Waits The Black Rider
1995 N/A
Jonathan Larson Rent
Cy Coleman The Life
John Kander Steel Pier
Jeanine Tesori Violet
Stephen Flaherty Ragtime
Paul Simon The Capeman
Stephen Trask Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Frank Wildhorn The Scarlet Pimpernel
Jason Robert Brown Parade
Cy Coleman Exactly Like You
William Finn A New Brain
Frank Wildhorn The Civil War


Year Composer Production
Andrew Lippa The Wild Party
Shaun Davey James Joyce's The Dead
Stephen Sondheim Saturday Night
David Yazbek The Full Monty
Kirsten Childs The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Stephen Flaherty Seussical
Mark Hollmann Urinetown
Ed Kleban A Class Act
Laurence O'Keefe Bat Boy: The Musical
Jason Robert Brown The Last Five Years
Marvin Hamlisch Sweet Smell of Success
Jonathan Larson Tick, Tick... BOOM!
Jeanine Tesori Thoroughly Modern Millie
Marc Shaiman Hairspray
Tim Acito Zanna, Don't!
Stephen Flaherty A Man of No Importance
Michel Legrand Amour
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Avenue Q
Keb' Mo', Anderson Edwards and Keith Glover Thunder Knocking on the Door
Jeanine Tesori Caroline, or Change
RaRa Avis and Andrew Yeater Ramayana 2K3
Boy George Taboo
Eric Rockwell The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
Stephen Schwartz Wicked
Martin Silvestri and Joel Higgins Johnny Guitar
Adam Guettel The Light in the Piazza
Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker Altar Boyz
Terry Davies Play Without Words
William Finn The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Stephen Flaherty Dessa Rose
David Yazbek Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison The Drowsy Chaperone
Stephen Dolginoff Thrill Me
Scott Frankel Grey Gardens
Michael John LaChiusa See What I Wanna See
Peter Mills The Pursuit of Persephone
Matthew Sklar The Wedding Singer
Duncan Sheik Spring Awakening
John Kander Curtains
Paul Leschen and Gila Sand Twist: Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?
Peter Rodgers Melnick Adrift in Macao
Lin-Manuel Miranda In the Heights
Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin Legally Blonde
Stew and Heidi Rodewald Passing Strange
John Bucchino A Catered Affair
Stephen Flaherty The Glorious Ones
Tom Kitt Next to Normal
Mark Mulcahy The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island
Joshua Schmidt Adding Machine
Elton John Billy Elliot the Musical
Neil Bartram The Story of My Life
Zina Goldrich Dear Edwina
Dolly Parton 9 to 5
Stephen Sondheim Road Show
Jeanine Tesori Shrek the Musical


Year Composer Production
David Bryan Memphis
Michael Friedman Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Joe Iconis Bloodsong of Love
John Kander and Fred Ebb The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Lippa The Addams Family
Joseph Zellnik Yank!
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone The Book of Mormon
Brad Alexander See Rock City & Other Destinations
Alan Menken Sister Act
Marc Shaiman Catch Me If You Can
Mike Stoller and Artie Butler The People in the Picture
David Yazbek Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Alan Menken Newsies
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Once
Michael John LaChiusa Queen of the Mist
Alan Menken Leap of Faith
Frank Wildhorn Bonnie & Clyde
Maury Yeston Death Takes a Holiday
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love
Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Hands on a Hardbody
Michael John LaChiusa Giant
Dave Malloy Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul A Christmas Story: The Musical
David Rossmer and Steve Rosen The Other Josh Cohen
Jason Robert Brown The Bridges of Madison County
Andrew Lippa Big Fish
Steven Lutvak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Alan Menken Aladdin
Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe Heathers: The Musical
Jeanine Tesori Fun Home

Multiple Wins

Multiple Nominations

See also


  • "Drama Desk Award for Music". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 

External links

  • Drama Desk official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.