Murphy, Wolfe, Encores! Among Drama League's Special Award Winners

News   Murphy, Wolfe, Encores! Among Drama League's Special Award Winners The Drama League will bestow special honors this year upon actress Donna Murphy, director George C. Wolfe and City Centers' Encores! series of musicals in concert.
Top: George C. Wolfe, Bottom: Donna Murphy
Top: George C. Wolfe, Bottom: Donna Murphy Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Wolfe, who recently announced he would step down as producer of the Public Theater, will receive The Julia Hansen Award For Excellence in Directing. Encores! will collect The Unique Contribution to Theatre Award. Meanwhile, Donna Murhpy, who currently stars in Wonderful Town, a show that transferred from Encores! to Broadway, has garnered The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award.

The awards will be presented at this year's Drama League Awards luncheon and ceremony.

Kristin Chenoweth, star of Wicked, will be the mistress of ceremonies at the 70th annual luncheon and ceremony. Hugh Jackman of The Boy from Oz will hand out the Distinguished Production Awards.

The Distinguished Production Awards will this year feature a new category: Revival of a Musical. Previously, prizes were given only for best Play, Musical and Revival of a Play.

Cut-off date for this year's prizes is April 19. Nominations will be handed out on April 21. The ceremony will be held on May 14 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in midtown.

Hairspray, Take Me Out and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg were the big winners of The Drama League 2003 awards. The Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award went to Harvey Fierstein, who played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. The prize is the nation's oldest acting honor, first presented in 1935, pre-dating the Tony Awards by 12 years.

Proceeds from the Annual Awards Luncheon support the training programs of The Drama League Directors Project.

The Drama League is devoted to supporting and strengthening theatre in America "by broadening and stimulating the audience for quality theatre and by developing emerging talents for careers in the theatre."

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