The New York Drama Critics’ Circle has unveiled its annual awards, and this year’s ceremony promises exciting winners. David Adjmi’s “Stereophonic,” a play that premiered at Playwrights Horizons before swiftly transferring to Broadway, won the prize for Best Play. Described as a deep dive into the pressure cooker of a recording studio, “Stereophonic” follows a fictional rock band on the cusp of superstardom as they grapple with creative tensions and the perils of success.

Meanwhile, the musical “Dead Outlaw,” with music and lyrics by the duo of David Yazbek and Erik Della Penna and a book by Itamar Moses, took home Best Musical honors. “Dead Outlaw” is a darkly comedic exploration of the bizarre afterlife of a failed outlaw, whose mummified body becomes a carnival sideshow attraction. With the ever-inventive Yazbek’s involvement, one can expect a captivating and perhaps unconventional musical experience.

The ceremony, to be held on May 21st, will be a night of recognition beyond these two top awards. A joint special citation celebrates the revivals of “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Purlie Victorious,” a testament to the enduring power of classic productions. The ever-illustrious Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders, both gracing the stage this season, received a joint lifetime achievement award. Writer-composer Heather Christian’s “Terce: A Practical Breviary” also received a special citation, a nod to innovation on the downtown scene.

Mark your calendars, theater aficionados! This year’s Drama Critics’ Circle awards promise a fascinating glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of New York theater.

For more information on the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, please visit A full breakdown of this year’s voting will be posted tonight on the organization’s website.

Written by Gemini

Press: Don Summa, Richard Kornberg & Associates

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