The Drama League has announced its nominations for the 1999-2000 season. The winners in the three categories of best play, musical and revival will be announced at a lucheon hosted by Patrick Stewart on May 5.
Notable among the best play nominees were Last Train to Nibroc, an Off-Broadway play that had a short run, and Harley Granville Barker's Waste. Though Waste received its U.S. Premiere only this year, the work is nearly one hundred years old.
Like the Tonys, the Drama League deemed Contact was a musical, though it lacks a score and no one sings. The organization also nominated both of the musicals called The Wild Party.
The three categories run as follows:
DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A PLAY:
Dinner With Friends
Jar the Floor
Last Train to Nibroc
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
Waste DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL:
James Joyce's The Dead
Kat and the Kings
The Wild Party Manhattan Theatre Club
The Wild Party Broadway
At the awards ceremony, trophies for distinguished achievement in musical theatre, unique contribution to theatre and a distinguished performance award, will also be announced. Also unveiled will be a new award, the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing. The prize is named after the Drama League's president.
--By Robert Simonson