80th Annual Drama League Award Winners Announced; Neil Patrick Harris Wins Distinguished Performance Honor

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16 May 2014

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
Joan Marcus

The Drama League, which is under the leadership of executive director Gabriel Shanks, announced the winners for the 80th Annual Drama League Awards May 16 at the Drama League Awards Ceremony in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

Winners follow: Distinguished Production of a Musical, A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder; Distinguished Play, All The Way; Distinguished Revival of a Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Distinguished Revival of a Play, The Glass Menagerie; and Distinguished Performance, Neil Patrick Harris.

The star-studded luncheon ceremony was hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

In addition to the competitive categories, Tony winner Barbara Cook was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in recognition of her contribution to the musical theatre; Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America/John Gore was honored with the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for the continuing efforts in promoting live theatre; and Tony winner John Tiffany was honored with The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

During the ceremony, director Michael Mayer introduced the 2014 Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Zi Alikhan, Melissa Crespo, John Michael DiResta, Ellie Heyman, Lavina Jadhwani, Michael Leibenluft, Michael Osinki, Hannah Ryan, Teya Sugareva, Caitlin Sullivan and Emma Weinstein.



First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards "are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions."

The first Drama League Award was presented to Katharine Cornell in 1935. Since then, the Distinguished Performance Award has been accorded to Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Sir John Gielgud, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Sir Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters and Christopher Plummer.

The complete list of winners for the 80th Annual Drama League Awards follows:

DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder
Walter Kerr Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe and Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Catherine and Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Strola, Joseph and Carson Gleberman/William Megevick, Green State Productions, Robert Greenblatt, producers in association with Hartford Stage and The Old Globe

DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
All The Way
Neil Simon Theatre
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Bill Rauch
Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Will Trice, producers

DISTINGUISHED REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Belasco Theatre
Book by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Michael Mayer
David Binder, Jayne Baron Sherman, Barbara Whitman, Latitude Link, Patrick Catullo, Raise The Roof, Paula Marie Black, Colin Callender, Ruth Hendel, Saron Karmazin, Martian Entertainment, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall and The Shubert Organization, producers

DISTINGUISHED REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Glass Menagerie
Booth Theatre
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by John Tiffany
Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart Jr., Jerry Frankel, Lou Spisto/Lucky VIII, Infinity Stages, Scott M. Delman, Jam Theatricals, Mauro Taylor, Rebecca Gold, Michael Palitz, Charles E. Stone, Will Trice, Gfour Productions, producers

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
Neil Patrick Harris
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATRE
Barbara Cook

UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATRE
Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America: John Gore

FOUNDERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
John Tiffany

For more information visit www.Dramaleague.org.