Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Director of A Musical
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Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Director of A Musical
Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Director
Awarded forOutstanding Director of a Musical
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held byStephen Brackett for A Strange Loop (2020)

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical 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 awards were established in 1955, with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director being presented to directors of both plays and musicals. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

+ - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
? - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees





Year Director Production
Michael Blakemore Kiss Me, Kate +
Gabriel Barre The Wild Party
Susan Stroman Contact ?
The Music Man ?
Susan Stroman The Producers +
Christopher Ashley The Rocky Horror Show ?
Wilfredo Medina The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Jack O'Brien The Full Monty ?
John Rando Urinetown +
Scott Schwartz Bat Boy: The Musical
Michael Mayer Thoroughly Modern Millie ?
Nicholas Hytner Sweet Smell of Success
James Lapine Into the Woods ?
Trevor Nunn Oklahoma! ?
Scott Schwartz Tick, Tick... Boom!
George C. Wolfe Elaine Stritch: At Liberty
Jack O'Brien Hairspray +
James Lapine Amour
David Leveaux Nine ?
Baz Luhrmann La bohème ?
Joe Mantello A Man of No Importance
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out ?
Joe Mantello Wicked
Jeff Calhoun Big River
Pamela Hunt The Musical of Musicals: The Musical
Joe Mantello Assassins +
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town ?
George C. Wolfe Caroline, or Change ?
James Lapine The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ?
Matthew Bourne Play Without Words
Jack Cummings III The Audience
Mark Dornford-May The Mysteries
Mike Nichols Spamalot +
Bartlett Sher The Light in the Piazza ?
John Doyle Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street +
Michael Greif Grey Gardens ?
Daniel Finzi Pasca Rain
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys ?
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone ?
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game ?
Michael Mayer Spring Awakening +
John Doyle Company ?
Thomas Kail In the Heights ?
Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde
Harold Prince LoveMusik
Alex Timbers Gutenberg! The Musical!
Bartlett Sher South Pacific +
Christopher Ashley Xanadu
Sam Buntrock Sunday in the Park with George ?
David Cromer Adding Machine
John Doyle A Catered Affair
Bob McGrath The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot the Musical +
Walter Bobbie Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Joe Mantello 9 to 5
Jason Moore Shrek the Musical
Diane Paulus Hair ?
Stuart Ross Enter Laughing the Musical


Year Director Production
Michael Mayer American Idiot
Warren Carlyle Finian's Rainbow
Marcia Milgrom Dodge Ragtime ?
Igor Goldin Yank!
Terry Johnson La Cage aux Folles +
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys ?
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker The Book of Mormon +
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ?
Joe Calarco In Transit
Jack Cummings III Hello Again
See Rock City & Other Destinations
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes ?
John Tiffany Once +
Christopher Ashley Leap of Faith
Jack Cummings III Queen of the Mist
Doug Hughes Death Takes a Holiday
Kathleen Marshall Nice Work If You Can Get It ?
Eric Schaeffer Follies
Diane Paulus Pippin +
Andy Blankenbuehler Bring It On: The Musical
Rachel Chavkin Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
John Doyle Passion
Emma Rice The Wild Bride
Alex Timbers Here Lies Love
Matthew Warchus Matilda the Musical ?
Darko Tresnjak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder +
Sam Gold Fun Home +
Michael Mayer Hedwig and the Angry Inch ?
Bartlett Sher The Bridges of Madison County
Susan Stroman Bullets Over Broadway The Musical
Alex Timbers Rocky the Musical
Thomas Kail Hamilton +
Carolyn Cantor Fly By Night
Bill Condon Side Show
John Doyle The Visit
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten! ?
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris ?
John Doyle The Color Purple ?
Bartlett Sher Fiddler on the Roof
Michael Arden Spring Awakening ?
Rupert Goold American Psycho
Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner The Golden Bride
Rachel Chavkin Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 ?
David Cromer The Band's Visit +
Christopher Ashley Come from Away +
Bill Buckhurst Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Jerry Zaks Hello, Dolly! ?
Tina Landau SpongeBob SquarePants ?
Christian Barry Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Teddy Bergman KPOP
Jack O'Brien Carousel
Bartlett Sher My Fair Lady ?
Rachel Chavkin Hadestown +
Noah Brody Merrily We Roll Along
Scott Ellis Tootsie ?
Daniel Fish Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! ?
Joel Grey Fiddler on the Roof


Year Director Production
Stephen Brackett A Strange Loop
Thomas Kail The Wrong Man
Kathleen Marshall The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Leigh Silverman Soft Power
Annie Tippe Octet

Multiple wins

See also


  • "Drama Desk Award for Director of a Musical". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved .

External links

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