Winners in the competitive categories follow: Distinguished Production of a Musical, Kinky Boots, presented by Diane Paulus; Distinguished Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, presented by Pam MacKinnon; Distinguished Revival of a Musical, Pippin, presented by Alex Timbers; Distinguished Revival of a Play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, presented by Rachel Chavkin; and Distinguished Performance, Nathan Lane, presented by Messing.
In addition to the competitive categories, Tony winner Bernadette Peters was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in recognition of her contribution to the musical theatre, presented by Tony winner Joel Grey; Madison Square Garden Entertainment & the Rockettes were honored with the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for the continuing efforts in promoting live theatre, presented by Tony Award winner Tommy Tune; and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell was honored with The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by pop icon Cyndi Lauper.
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First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatregoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.