| Drama Desk Award |
for Unique Theatrical Experience
|Awarded for||Unique Theatrical Experience|
|Presented by||Drama Desk|
|Currently held by||Is This A Room(2020)|
The Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. Due to their unusual nature, these productions cannot be categorized in the regular musical and play categories.
|The Norman Conquests|
|The Belle of Amherst|
|Me and Bessie|
|The Robber Bridegroom|
|The Threepenny Opera|
|No Man's Land|
|Dylan Thomas Growing Up|
|For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf|
|Side by Side by Sondheim|
|Miss Margarida's Way|
|The 2nd Greatest Entertainer|
|Molière in Spite of Himself|
|An Evening with Quentin Crisp|
|Aaah Oui Genty!|
|The Amazin' Casey Stengel|
|La Tragedie de Carmen|
|The Gospel at Colonus|
|Hey, Ma...Kaye Ballard|
|Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo|
|The Garden of Earthly Delights|
|The Golden Land|
|The Normal Heart|
|The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe|
|Largely New York|
|I'll Go On|
|Saved from Obscurity|
|Cirque du Soleil: Nouvelle Expérience|
|Blue Man Group: Tubes|
|Lypsinka! A Day in the Life|
|Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants|
|The Waste Land|
|The Beckett Plays|
|The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol|
|The Number 14|
|Paul McKenna's Hypnotic World|
|De La Guarda|
|The Umbilical Brothers - Thwack!|
|Charlie Victor Romeo|
|Do You Come Here Often?|
|And God Created Great Whales|
|The Laramie Project|
|The Play What I Wrote|
|Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway|
|all wear bowlers|
|Play Without Words|
|Christine Jorgensen Reveals|
|The Frog Bride|
|Golden Dragon Acrobats|
|Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise|
|Brundibér/But the Giraffe|
|The 39 Steps|
|Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea|
|Cut to the Chase|
|Fabrik: The Legend of M. Rabinowitz|
|Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words|
|Arias with a Twist|
|Soul of Shaolin|
|Love, Loss, and What I Wore|
|Fêtes de la Nuit|
|Hansel and Gretel|
|John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean|
|The Provenance of Beauty|
|Stuffed and Unstrung|
|Sleep No More|
|Being Harold Pinter|
|Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)|
|The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill, Vol. 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays|
|Give Me Your Hand|
|The Ryan Case 1873|
|Cirque Du Soleil: Totem|
|Chris March's The Butt-Cracker Suite! A Trailer Park Ballet|
|The Fazzino Ride|
|The Man Who Laughs|
|That Play: A Solo Macbeth|
|The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill Vol. 2|
|Nothing to Hide|
|Queen of the Night|
|Everybody Gets Cake|
|The Human Symphony|
|Rap Guide to Religion|
|That Physics Show|
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show|
|The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart|
|The Ephemera Trilogy|
|The Paper Hat Game|
|Derren Brown: Secret|
|Say Something Bunny!|
|All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914|
|Love's Labour's Lost|
|The B-Side: "Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons"|
|What to Send Up When It Goes Down|
|Is This A Room|
|Midsummer: A Banquet|
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The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in 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 acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.
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