- Associated Press - Friday, February 25, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The Drama Desk Awards ceremony is getting a little more glitzy.

Producers on Friday said the annual awards show will be televised for the first time nationally, the ceremony will be moved to the more spacious Hammerstein Ballroom and Harvey Fierstein will be the host.

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 and honors both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. The Tony Awards only consider Broadway shows.

This year’s Drama Desk show will take place during a gala dinner Monday, May 23 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, a change from its usual Sunday night celebration at Lincoln Center.

The show will be taped and have two primetime airings _ plus four additional national broadcasts _ on the cable channel Ovation from June 2 to June 15.

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