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Most Likely To…Drama Desk Nominee Yearbook

May 8, 2019 by TodayTix
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Clockwise from top left: Stephanie Hsu, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Brandon Uranowitz, Corbin Bleu and Scott Ellis, Laurie Metcalf, Stephanie J. Block, and Celia Keenan-Bolger.

What was your high school yearbook superlative? Were you “Most Popular” or “Class Clown”? While you’d probably predict that most actors, writers, and directors fell into the creative categories like “Most Dramatic” or “Most Musical,” several had surprising answers.

We chatted with the Drama Desk nominees on Wednesday morning about who they were in high school and how far they’ve come. (If they didn’t have a high school superlative, we asked them to make one up!) Check out our exclusive Drama Desk nominee yearbook below.

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From left to right: Santino Fontana, Ali Stroker, Sarah Stiles, and Tom Glynn-Carney

Santino Fontana, Outstanding Actor in a Musical, “Tootsie
I think it was “Most Musical.” There’s a photo somewhere. Do not find it.

Ali Stroker, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, “Oklahoma!
“Mostly Likely to Be on Broadway”

Sarah Stiles, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, “Tootsie
I’m going to have to do my middle school one. “Broadway Star.” It was like what you wanted to be. Not just theater actor, I was like Broadway star. That’s what I want to be.

Tom Glynn-Carney, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, “The Ferryman
We don’t call it that in the UK. In my final yearbook, I was “Most Likely to Win an Oscar,” which I’m quite happy with. I’ll take that. It’s a huge compliment. Not there yet, but hopefully one day.

From left to right: Laurie Metcalf, Brooks Ashmanskas, Stephanie J. Block, and Joel Grey.

Laurie Metcalf, Outstanding Actress in a Play, “Hillary and Clinton
I would say, I might have been the running for “Shyest.” I was very inhibited, and I’ve come out of my shell since then.

Brooks Ashmanskas, Outstanding Actor in a Musical, “The Prom
I don’t think there was an actual one. If there was, I’ve forgotten. If there was it would probably be “Most Likely to Gain Weight.” Because I was thin then but it was clear it was coming.

Stephanie J. Block, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, “The Cher Show
I had “Best Smile.” But I was very serious in high school. I took life very seriously.

Joel Grey, Outstanding Director of a Musical, “Fiddler on the Roof
“Shortest Kid in the Class.”

From left to right: Rebecca Naomi Jones, David Yazbek, Damon Daunno, and Chad Beguelin.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, “Oklahoma!
It was either “Most Likely to Succeed” or “Most Likely to be Famous.” I definitely think the year before got “Best Singer” or something. I did all the plays and sang in the choir.

David Yazbek, Outstanding Music, “Tootsie
We didn’t do that, but I’ll make up one. Mine was “Most Likely to Be Detained for Public Display of Nudity.”

Damon Daunno, Outstanding Actor in a Musical, “Oklahoma!”
I just incriminated myself. I don’t know if we actually had real ones, but I would say “Most Likely to be Arrested.”

Did that ever happen?
Certainly not.

Chad Beguelin, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Book, “The Prom
I graduated a year early so I didn’t get a senior superlative. It probably would have been “Most Flamboyant.”

From left to right: André de Shields, Corbin Bleu, Scott Ellis, Stephanie Hsu, and Beth Leavel.

André de Shields, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, “Hadestown
“Most Likely to Set Fashion Standards.” In high school, I was a trendsetter.

Corbin Bleu, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, “Kiss Me Kate
I didn’t have one. What would it have been? I don’t know, “Most Likely to Continue on Being a Big Dork.” I went to an arts high school so we were all a bunch of weirdos. So I was surrounded by my peers.

Scott Ellis, Outstanding Director of a Musical, “Tootsie
Most Talented and 37 of my high school friends came up to see both “Tootsie” and “Kiss Me Kate,” and they brought me the certificate saying, “Look, we were right.”

Stephanie Hsu, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, “Be More Chill
I got “Class Clown.” Absolutely correct. I’m slightly ashamed because I remember being in environmental science class, and I was always such a prankster.

Beth Leavel, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, “The Prom
I had none. [If I could make one up,] “Most Likely to Make People Laugh.” They made me go out of the class to stop.

From left to right: Brandon Uranowitz, Rachel Chavkin, George Salazar, and Heidi Schreck.

Brandon Uranowitz, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, “Burn This
“Most Likely to Win an Oscar.” I mean, it’s not going to happen, but a boy can dream.

Rachel Chavkin, Outstanding Director of a Musical, “Hadestown
I don’t think we did superlatives. I was co-editor of the yearbook so I took that very literally. It probably would have been soccer-related. I was co-captain of the soccer team my senior year, and we won in the county so that was a big victory.

George Salazar, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, “Be More Chill
I was “Class Clown” and “Best Smile.” They kind of go hand in hand.

Heidi Schreck, Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play, “What the Constitution Means to Me
I’m trying to remember. It was so long ago. I graduated in 1989. I was not the valedictorian, but I was the class speaker. I gave a big speech at graduation. But I was probably like, “Most Psychotically Polite.”

From left to right: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Camille A. Brown, Patrick Vaill, and Leslie Kritzer.

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, “To Kill a Mockingbird
I think I was “Most Likely to Succeed.” Well, here we are. I don’t know whether to feel embarrassed or excited.

Camille A. Brown, Outstanding Choreography, “Choir Boy”
I was a nerd so I felt very invisible so I don’t know.

Patrick Vaill, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, “Oklahoma!
It’s so embarrassing! We didn’t really have them because I went to an artsy-fartsy school in Brooklyn. I went to St. Ann’s. The St. Ann’s Ram, which is the school paper, did senior superlatives as a joke, I have to preface, but it’s sort of horrifying prescient. “Most Likely to Play Every Part in ‘Chicago'” because the movie had just come out, and I was really obsessed with it.

Leslie Kritzer, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, “Beetlejuice
I didn’t get one. What would it have been? Most Likely to Be a Comedian. I feel really good that I kind of did it. I always wanted that. I wanted to be on Broadway mostly.