By Kenneth Jones
and Robert Simonson
13 May 2005
|Photo by Carol Rosegg|
Norbert Leo Butz of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels won the Distinguished Performance Award.
Nominated for the Distinguished Production of a Musical prize were Altar Boyz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Frogs, Ghetto Superstar, The Light in the Piazza, The Musical of Musicals, Spamalot and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Competing for the title Distinguished Production of a Play were The Day Emily Married, Death and the Ploughman, Doubt, A Number, Orson's Shadow, The Pillowman and Svejk.
The nominees for Distinguished Revival of a Play were Glengarry Glen Ross, Hurlyburly, Reckless, Rose Rage, Twelve Angry Men and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Sweet Charity was not eligible in this Drama League year's race, since there was not adequate time for all nominators to see it prior to the deadline.
Cherry Jones hosted the 71st annual luncheon ceremony.
Director Mike Nichols (Spamalot) was honored with the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing. The Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center received the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award. And the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award.
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."