Broadway hit Matilda has picked up steam ahead of the Tony Awards next month (Jun13) by scooping five top prizes at the 2013 Drama Desk Awards on Sunday (19May13).
Matilda will be one of the frontrunners at the prestigious Tonys with 13 nominations, and the family-friendly show proved a favourite at the 58th annual Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate the best in New York theatre.
The show nabbed the coveted Outstanding Musical trophy, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Bertie Carvel, as well as honours for best book, lyrics and set design.
Hollywood stars Tom Hanks (Lucky Guy) and Nathan Lane (The Nance) missed out on winning the Outstanding Actor in a Play prize, which went to Tracy Letts for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, while Cicely Tyson was named Outstanding Actress for The Trip to Bountiful, seeing off competition from Vanessa Redgrave (The Revisionist).
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was crowned Outstanding Play at the ceremony, held at Town Hall in Manhattan.