This Week on Broadway for June 14, 2020: Drama Desk Awards and Showstoppers

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards and our favorite showstoppers.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

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Winners Announced for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards

Awards by production:

A Strange Loop — 5
The Inheritance — 5
Moulin Rouge! — 5
Little Shop of Horrors — 2
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical — 2
A Soldier’s Play — 2
Jagged Little Pill — 2
Greater Clements — 1
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven — 1
Octet — 1
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf — 1
Grand Horizons — 1
The Sound Inside — 1
West Side Story — 1
The Confession of Lily Dare — 1
My Name is Lucy Barton — 1
Is This A Room — 1
A Christmas Carol — 1
Tumacho — 1


Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill, “You Ought To Know”

John Lloyd Young, Jersey Boys, “Can’t take my Eyes Off of You”

Jennifer Holliday, Dream Girls, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”

Joel Gray, Cabaret, “Willkommen”

Oklahoma (Title Song)

Gypsy, Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Carousel, “Soliloquy”

Lena Horne, “Stormy Weather” (twice!)
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music (1981)

Peter: Encores

Inner City,

The Life, “The oldest profession

Chicago, I can’t do it alone

Follies, Beautiful Girls

Once on this island,

Mame, If He Walked Into My Life

Robb Johnston: Something Rotten! when A Musical

Robb Johnston: Andrea Martin in Pippin

Steven Bell: Lion King, Circle Of Life

Ragtime opening

High Spirits, “Home Sweet Heaven”, Tammy Grimes

Mame, Busom Buddies

My Fair Lady, The Rain in Spain

Barbara Cook Glitter and Be Gay

Chorus Line

Almost Like Being In Love @ Encores with Kelli and Patrick

Annie, You’re Never Fully Dressed (Orphans scene)

Tony Janicki: Denis O’Hare stopped the show and got a standing ovation after his speech in TAKE ME OUT

Tim St. Clair: Newsies

Some Girl Is On Your Mind from Sweet Adeline (Encores)

One More Walk Around the Garden from Carmelina

Could I Leave You from Follies

Purlie, I Got Love

Big Song and Dance numbers: Jonathan Pryce, Miss Saigon, “The American Dream”

Nikki Juvan: Bring Him Home from Les Miserables?


Elaine Stritch in Sail Away, Why Do The Wrong People Travel

A Little Night Music, The Miller’s Son

Steven Bell: The Grass Is Always Greener? It won a tony award for Marilyn Cooper, and had a built-in encore with a great punchline.

Chess, “Pity The Child”

Peter’s Trivia Answer

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