Spring, Utopia and Company Among Drama League Winners

News   Spring, Utopia and Company Among Drama League Winners Winners of the 73rd Annual Drama League Awards were announced May 11 at a luncheon in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel hosted by Tony Award winner Gary Beach.
Angel Desai and Ra
Angel Desai and Ra Photo by Paul Kolnik

Founded in 1916, the Drama League is an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to "encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre's premiere service organization." The Drama League presents awards in four categories: Distinguished Production of a Musical, Play, Revival of a Musical and Revival of a Play.

Winners included Spring Awakening (Distinguished Production of a Musical), The Coast of Utopia (Distinguished Production of a Play), Company (Distinguished Production of a Revival of a Musical) and Journey's End (Distinguished Production of a Revival of a Play).

The Drama League Awards, according to press notes, also "pay tribute to the season's best performers by honoring the nominees of The Distinguished Performance Award on a dais." This year's winner of the Distinguished Performance Award was Liev Schreiber, for his work in both the Broadway bow of Talk Radio and the Public Theater's summer staging of Macbeth.

The afternoon event also honored Michael Mayer, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and John Kander and the late Fred Ebb with special awards. Kander and Ebb, the composing duo currently represented on Broadway with the new musical Curtains (as well as the long-running Chicago revival), were honored with The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award. Mayer, director of the acclaimed new musical Spring Awakening, received the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing. And, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, was presented with the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award.

Nominees for the 73rd Annual Drama League Awards with winners' names in bold follow. Distinguished Production of a Musical
Curtains
In the Heights
Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway
Legally Blonde
Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
Mary Poppins
*Spring Awakening

Distinguished Production of a Play
Blackbird
Coram Boy
Frost/Nixon
No Child
Radio Golf
*The Coast of Utopia
The Scene
The Year of Magical Thinking

Distinguished Revival of a Musical
110 in the Shade
A Chorus Line
*Company
Les Misérables
The Fantasticks

Distinguished Revival of a Play
Inherit the Wind
*Journey's End
Mother Courage and Her Children
Seven Guitars
Talk Radio
The Hairy Ape
The Merchant of Venice
Translations

Distinguished Performance Award
F. Murray AbrahamThe Jew of Malta, The Merchant of Venice
Heidi Armbruster — Tea and Sympathy
Christine BaranskiRegrets Only
Gary BeachLes Misérables
Daniel Beaty — Emergence-See!
Eve Best — A Moon for the Misbegotten
Stephanie J. BlockThe Pirate Queen
Justin Bond — Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway
Christian BorleLegally Blonde
Ashley BrownMary Poppins
Laura Bell BundyLegally Blonde
Kate BurtonThe Water’s Edge
Michael CerverisKing Lear, LoveMusik
Kristin ChenowethThe Apple Tree
Anthony Chisholm — Radio Golf
Jill Clayburgh — The Clean House, The Busy World Is Hushed
Jennifer CodyHenry and Mudge
Billy CrudupThe Coast of Utopia
Michael CumpstyRichard II
Charlotte D'AmboiseA Chorus Line
Hugh Dancy — Journey's End
Jeff Daniels — Blackbird
Brian DennehyInherit the Wind
Gregory Derelian — The Hairy Ape
Ensemble — Columbinus
Ensemble — Coram Boy
Raúl Esparza — Company
Gerald Finnigan — The Hairy Ape
John Fugelsang — All the Wrong Reasons
Boyd GainesJourney's End
John Gallagher Jr. — Spring Awakening
Alexander GemignaniLes Misérables
Piper Goodeve — Anne of Green Gables
Logan Marshall-Green — King Lear, Pig Farm
David Greenspan — Some Men
George Grizzard — Regrets Only
Jonathan GroffSpring Awakening
Ed Harris — Wrecks
Ethan HawkeThe Coast of Utopia
Phillip Seymour Hoffman — Jack Goes Boating
Jayne HoudyshellThe Pain and the Itch
Stephen Kunken — A Very Common Procedure, Frost/Nixon
Nathan LaneButley
Gavin Lee — Mary Poppins
Harry Lennix — Radio Golf
Norm LewisLes Misérables
Hamish LinklaterThe Busy World Is Hushed
John Mahoney — Prelude to a Kiss
Dylan McDermott — The Treatment
Audra McDonald110 in the Shade
Lin-Manuel MirandaIn the Heights
Alfred MolinaHoward Katz
Debra MonkCurtains
Kate Mulgrew — Our Leading Lady
Donna MurphyLoveMusik
Kristine NielsenOur Leading Lady
Bill NighyThe Vertical Hour
Brian F. O'Byrne — Shining City, The Coast of Utopia
Denis O'HareInherit the Wind, A Spanish Play
Sandra Oh — Satellites
Thaddeus Phillips — El Conquistador!
David Hyde PierceCurtains
Allison Pill — Blackbird
Oliver Platt — Shining City
Michelle Ragusa — Adrift in Macao
Vanessa RedgraveThe Year of Magical Thinking
*Liev Schreiber — Macbeth, Talk Radio
Pablo Schreiber — Dying City
Andrew Scott — The Vertical Hour
Michael Sheen — Frost/Nixon
Martin Short — Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
Meryl StreepMother Courage and Her Children
Michael Stuhlbarg — The Voysey Inheritance
Nilaja Sun — No Child
Alan Tudyk — Prelude to a Kiss
Barbara WalshCompany

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Grey Gardens and The Little Dog Laughed were previously nominated for Drama League Awards during their original Off-Broadway runs and were therefore ineligible this season. Deuce, the new Terrence McNally play, removed itself from consideration for this year's awards and will be considered next season.

Stark Sands, John Ahlin and Boyd Gaines star in the Broadway Revival of Journey's End.
Stark Sands, John Ahlin and Boyd Gaines star in the Broadway Revival of Journey's End. Photo by Paul Kolnik