Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller, who can both be seen on the CBS series Madam Secretary, will announce the 2017 Drama League nominations April 19. The two Tony winners will make the announcement at Sardi’s that morning. The awards ceremony is set for May 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
The 83rd annual ceremony will also present special honors to Bette Midler, who will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; animal trainer Bill Berloni, who will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award; and Tony nominee Michael Greif, who will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America, having been first presented in 1922 and subsequently formalized in 1935. At the center of the awards is the Distinguished Performance Award, which goes to one artist a year, and can only be won once in an artist’s lifetime.