The Drama League Announces 2020 Drama League Awards Nominations
The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks / Executive Director, Bevin Ross) has announced the 2020 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much- coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced this evening during The Gratitude Awards by Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman and Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer. Voting is open for Drama League members from May 1 – May 22. Award winners will be announced via livestream in June
The broadcast included special cameos from previous Distinguished Performance Award recipients Bernadette Peters, Bryan Cranston, and Patti LuPone, and the 86th Annual Drama League Artistic Awards Nominations presented by Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman and Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer.
Other recognitions include Marianne Elliott as the recipient of the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing and James Lapine as the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award.
The Drama League honored the five-time Tony Award® winning McNally with the organization’s lifetime achievement award – “The Unique Contribution to Theater Award” at this year’s Drama League Awards. However, because of McNally’s unfortunate passing on March 24, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19 and New York City’s guidelines against large gatherings, The Drama League has had to make changes to their annual awards nomination ceremony this year. Tom Kirdahy accepted on behalf of Mr. McNally and a special tribute film was presented by Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross (producers of the documentary film Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life).
The Drama League announced that the spirit of The Gratitude Awards will live on via a new honorary category for the 87th Annual Drama League Awards starting in 2021 with The Gratitude Award, for a person or organization who has shown fearless support and kindness to the theater community.
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Here are the nominees for 86th Annual The Drama League’s five competitive categories for this year:
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY Cambodian Rock Band Directed by Chay Yew Written by Lauren Yee Signature Theatre Company Dana H. Directed by Les Waters Written by Lucas Hnath Vineyard Theatre Grand Horizons Directed by Leigh Silverman Written by Bess Wohl Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater The Hot Wing King Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III Written by Katori Hall Signature Theatre Company The Inheritance Directed by Stephen Daldry Written by Matthew Lopez Barrymore Theatre The Michaels Written and Directed by Richard Nelson Public Theater Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Directed by Trip Cullman Written by Halley Feiffer MCC Theater One in Two Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb Written by Donja R. Love The New Group Sea Wall/A Life Directed by Carrie Cracknell Written by Simon Stephens/Nick Payne Hudson Theater Seared Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel Written by Theresa Rebeck MCC Theater Slave Play Directed by Robert O'Hara Written by Jeremy O. Harris New York Theatre Workshop/John Golden Theatre Stew Directed by Colette Robert Written by Zora Howard Page 73 OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL Girl from the North Country Directed by Conor McPherson Book by Conor McPherson, Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan Belasco Theatre Jagged Little Pill Directed by Diane Paulus Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, Lyrics by Alanis Morissette, Book by Diablo Cody Broadhurst Theatre Moulin Rouge! Directed by Alex Timbers Book by John Logan, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists Al Hirschfeld Theatre Octet Directed by Annie Tippe Written by Dave Malloy Signature Theatre Company The Secret Life of Bees Directed by Sam Gold Book by Lynn Nottage, Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead Atlantic Theater Company Sing Street Directed by Rebecca Taichman Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Gary Clark and John Carney New York Theatre Workshop Six Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Brooks Atkinson Theatre Soft Power Directed by Leigh Silverman Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang, Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori Public Theater A Strange Loop Directed by Stephen Brackett Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson Playwrights Horizons Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Directed by Phyllida Lloyd Book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Music by Various Artists Lunt-Fontanne Theatre OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY Betrayal Directed by Jamie Lloyd Written by Harold Pinter Jacobs Theatre for colored girls who have considered suicide /when the rainbow is enuf Directed by Leah C. Gardiner Written by Ntozake Shange Public Theater Fires in the Mirror Directed by Saheem Ali Written by Anna Deavere Smith Signature Theatre Company Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune Directed by Arin Arbus Written by Terrence McNally Broadhurst Theatre Judgment Day Directed by Richard Jones Written by Ödön von Horváth, Adapted by Christopher Shinn Park Avenue Armory Medea Directed by Simon Stone Written by Simon Stone after Euripides Brooklyn Academy of Music Native Son Directed by Seret Scott Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright The Acting Company The Rose Tattoo Directed by Trip Cullman Written by Tennessee Williams Roundabout Theatre Company A Soldier's Play Directed by Kenny Leon Written by Charles Fuller Roundabout Theatre Company The Woman in Black Directed by Robin Herford Written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill The McKittrick Hotel OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL Enter Laughing Directed by Stuart Ross Book by Joseph Stein, Music and Lyrics by Stan Daniels York Theatre Company Little Shop of Horrors Directed by Michael Mayer Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken Westside Theatre Rock of Ages Directed by Kristin Hanggi Book by Chris D'Arienzo, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists New World Stages The Unsinkable Molly Brown Directed by Kathleen Marshall Book and New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson The Transport Group West Side Story Directed by Ivo van Hove Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Broadway Theatre DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD David Acton, The Woman in Black Jeffrey Bean, Dublin Carol Ato Blankson-Wood, The Rolling Stone and Slave Play Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors Danielle Brooks, Much Ado About Nothing Danny Burstein, Moulin Rouge! Rose Byrne, Medea Len Cariou, Harry Townsend's Last Stand Patrice Johnson Chevannes, runboyrun & In Old Age Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven Kate del Castillo, the way she spoke Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements Raúl Esparza, Seared Francesca Faridany, The Half-Life of Marie Curie Halley Feiffer, The Pain of My Belligerence Danyel Fulton, Broadbend, Arkansas Annie Golden, Broadway Bounty Hunter Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Where We Stand David Alan Grier, A Soldier's Play Jonathan Groff, Little Shop of Horrors Jake Gyllenhaal, Sea Wall/A Life Tom Hiddleston, Betrayal Paul Hilton, The Inheritance Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens Galen Ryan Kane, Native Son Brittney Mack, Six April Matthis, Toni Stone Susannah Millonzi, The Crucible Kate Mulgrew, The Half-Life of Marie Curie Joe Ngo, Cambodian Rock Band Deirdre O'Connell, Dana H. Brenock O'Connor, Sing Street Okwui Okpokwasili, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge! Larry Owens, A Strange Loop Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill Chris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Ben Porter, The Woman in Black Isaac Powell, West Side Story Jonathan Pryce, The Height of the Storm Elizabeth Rodriguez, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven Michael Shannon, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Tom Sturridge, Sea Wall/A Life Marisa Tomei, The Rose Tattoo Blair Underwood, A Soldier's Play Michael Urie, Grand Horizons Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Michael Benjamin Washington, Fires in the Mirror Portia, Stew The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded. Harvey Fierstein, Bella Bella Mary-Louise Parker, The Sound Inside Audra McDonald, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
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