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Kristin Chenoweth to Host the Drama Desk Awards May 20

Kristin Chenoweth, the luminous star of the Broadway musical stage who recently concluded her critically acclaimed engagement in The Apple Tree for The Roundabout Theatre, will host the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, May 20, at 9pm.

The awards ceremony will be held in the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall (100 Amsterdam Ave. at 64th St.) at Lincoln Center and will be taped for subsequent broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, including Thirteen/WNET and NYC TV 25 in New York City. The awards ceremony will also be webcast live by TheaterMania.com.

William Wolf, President of the Drama Desk, an organization of theater critics, writers and editors, that honors excellence in all areas of New York theatre, including Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and not-for-profit Theater, hailed the choice of Chenoweth as host. “Kristin Chenoweth is a dynamic star who has shown her enormous talent in an appealing assortment of productions. We are delighted that she has agreed to host our Drama Desk awards and look forward to the charm, energy and intelligence she will bring to the event.”

Honorees include the casts of In the Heights and Lebensraum for Outstanding Ensemble Performances, special awards for John Kander and Fred Ebb, Austin Pendleton, Transport Group, and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. The nominees for Outstanding Play are David Harrower's Blackbird, Terrence McNally's Some Men, Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, Bernard Weinraub's The Accomplices, and August Wilson's Radio Golf. Outstanding Musical nominees are Curtains, In the Heights, Legally Blonde, LoveMusik, Mary Poppins, and Spring Awakening. For a complete list of nominees, click here.

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