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Former SCTV star Andrea Martin was nominated for her show-stopping acrobatic performance as swingin’ grandmother, Berthe, in Pippin. (©2012 Joan Marcus)
Former SCTV star Andrea Martin was nominated for her show-stopping acrobatic performance as swingin’ grandmother, Berthe, in Pippin. (©2012 Joan Marcus)

Pippin receives six nominations for 2013 Drama Desk Awards Add to ...

Nominations for the 2013 Drama Desk Awards were announced Monday – and the Canadian contingent that helped bring a circus-themed revival of Pippin to Broadway were roundly recognized for their work.

Circus creator Gypsy Snider, co-founder of Montreal’s Les 7 doigts de la main, shared a nomination for best choreography with Chet Walker, while frequent Cirque du Soleil collaborator Dominique Lemieux was nominated for her costume designs.

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Former SCTV star Andrea Martin, meanwhile, was nominated for her show-stopping acrobatic performance as swingin’ grandmother, Berthe, in the Stephen Schwartz musical; she previously won the award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical in 1993 for her work on My Favourite Year, and has been nominated several times since.

In total, director Diane Paulus’s big-top revival of Pippin received six nominations.

Les 7 doigts de la main aren’t the only Canadian circus company up for awards at this year at the Drama Desks. Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Totem – directed by Robert Lepage – is nominated in the category of Unique Theatrical Experience.

However, most-nominated for this year’s Drama Desk Awards – chosen by a panel of New York theatre writers and critics who consider fare both on Broadway and off-Broadway – are two musicals that have already closed. Hands on a Hardbody, a Broadway commercial flop based on a documentary of the same name, earned nine nods – including one for Toronto-raised choreographer Sergio Trujillo. So did Giant, a musical based on the 1952 Edna Furber novel of the same name that premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater.

The Drama Desk nominations come out a day before those for the Tony Awards, which honour only shows that play on Broadway. For a full list of nominees, click here . Winners are announced May 19.

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