Switching Leagues, Winkler Hosts Sternhagen, Tomlin, Cumming at Drama League, May 11

News   Switching Leagues, Winkler Hosts Sternhagen, Tomlin, Cumming at Drama League, May 11 Henry Winkler has switched leagues, so to speak.

Henry Winkler has switched leagues, so to speak.

Unable to re-up as the host of the May 21 National Broadway Theatre Awards due to a scheduling conflict, actor, director and producer Henry Winkler will now host the Drama League’s 67th Annual Awards Luncheon on May 11 in New York City. Currently the star of Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party Winkler will be leaving that show on June 3 (with Jon Lovitz coming in June 5).

The Drama League’s awards luncheon takes place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on West 42 St. at Lexington. There, Winkler will host 60 theatre luminaries at a long dais, presiding over seven traditional Drama League award presentations. In all, three respective awards will go to a play, a musical or a revival, with three others saluting distinguished achievement in musical theatre, a unique contribution and a single performance. The seventh award, for Distinguished Performance happens to be theatre’s oldest honor, predating the Tony’s by 11 years. Past recipients include Frances Sternhagen, Eileen Heckart, Cherry Jones and Kathleen Chafant.

The Drama League also says it will present the second Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing. The award’s namesake, Julia Hansen founded and presides over the Drama League’s Director’s Project. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit the 17-year-old Director’s Project, a “premier apprenticeship for directors.”

Lily Tomlin (The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe) and Alan Cumming (Design for Living) will present two of the awards honoring “excellence in American Theater.” A Drama League spokesperson said that there are seats for the luncheon available to the public. For information and reservations contact Gretta Rothman at (212) 302-2100.

—By Murdoch McBride