Hairspray Sweeps Drama Desk Awards

Guido Contini, philandering filmmaker of Nine (search), has a new woman in his life: Edna Turnblad, fat housewife of Hairspray (search).

The two actors who play them -- Antonio Banderas (search) and Harvey Fierstein (search), respectively -- yesterday tied each other for the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The tie underscores how tight the Tony race is.

Overall, Hairspray swept the awards, collecting 10 Drama Desks yesterday, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

In the race for Best Actress in a Musical, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Fierstein's daughter in Hairspray, toppled Broadway icon Bernadette Peters for Gypsy.

Jack O'Brien won Best Director for Hairspray.

Nine was named Best Revival of a Musical, while Best Revival of a Play went to Long Day's Journey Into Night. Its director - Robert Falls - also won a Drama Desk, as did its star, Vanessa Redgrave.

Her sister Lynn Redgrave won the Featured Actress award for Talking Heads.

Richard Greenberg's gay-themed baseball drama, Take Me Out, was named Best Play.