Good People, Book of Mormon, Jerusalem Named Winners of New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards
By Andrew Gans
New York Drama Critics' Circle (NYDCC) announced May 9 that the winner of the 76th annual New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the 2010-2011 season is David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People.
The award for Best Foreign Play play went to Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, while The Book of Mormon received the award for Best Musical.
Special Citations were awarded to the Broadway revival of The Normal Heart; Mark Rylance for La Bête and Jerusalem; and the direction, design and puppetry of War Horse.
The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception May 16 at Angus McIndoe Restaurant.
The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation's second oldest theatre award, after the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The award for Best Play carries with it a cash prize of $2,500. Also, a cash award of $1,000 will go to the playwright who receives the award for Best American or Foreign Play.
The awards are made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
The New York Drama Critics' Circle comprises 25 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. Adam Feldman, theatre critic for Time Out New York, has served as president of the NYDCC since 2005. Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post serves as vice president; Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News is treasurer; Eric Grode is recording secretary.
For more information, visit dramacritics.org.
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