Drama Desk Nominations: Two musicals, 'Giant,' 'Hands' lead field

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NEW YORK -- The off-Broadway show "Giant" and the quickly shuttered Broadway musical "Hands on a Hardbody" lead the Drama Desk nomination race this season, with the British import "Matilda," the audience-friendly "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and a revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Passion" close behind.

"Giant," based on the 1952 Edna Ferber novel of the same name, made it's off-Broadway premiere at the Public Theater this winter, and "Hands on a Hardbody," a show with songs co-written by Phish founder Trey Anastasio based on a documentary film, both earned nine nominations Monday. "Matilda," "Passion" and "Drood" each captured seven.

Shows with six nominations are "A Christmas Story: The Musical," "Chaplin: The Musical," "Pippin" and "The Other Josh Cohen."

The Drama Desk, an organization of theater journalists and critics, honors both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

The awards will be presented May 19 at The Town Hall.


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