Bombay Dreams, Taboo, Moscow Among 2004 Drama League Nominees; Wicked, Frozen, Wife, Too

By Kenneth Jones
April 20, 2004

The Drama League announced the nominations for the 70th Annual Drama League Awards for Distinguished Production of a Play, a Musical, Revival of a Play, and Revival of a Musical.

The announcement came April 20, anticipating an awards luncheon May 14. The League honors Broadway and Off Broadway shows.

They nominees are:

Distinguished Production of a Play
Addicted
Bridge and Tunnel
Frozen
I Am My Own Wife
Intimate Apparel
The Retreat From Moscow

Distinguished Production of a Musical
Bombay Dreams
Caroline, or Change
Johnny Guitar
Never Gonna Dance
Taboo
Wicked

Distinguished Production of a Revival - Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Beckett/Albee
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Henry IV
Jumpers
The Normal Heart

Distinguished Production of a Revival – Musical
Assassins
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Fiddler on the Roof
Finian's Rainbow
Little Shop of Horrors
Wonderful Town

The 70th Drama League Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will take place 1 PM May 14 at the Grand Hyatt, 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

The Drama League will bestow eight awards that day, including The Distinguished Performance Award, the New York theatre's oldest acting honor, which predates the Tony Award by 12 years. This once-in-a-lifetime honor is bestowed by the thousands of Drama League members.

They also cast their votes for the Distinguished Production Awards for Play, Musical, Revival of a Play, and — for the first time this year—Revival of a Musical.

Avenue Q and Golda's Balcony, both of which transferred to Broadway this season, were originally honored last year by The Drama League for their Off Broadway incarnations (in the categories of Distinguished Production of a Musical and Play, respectively). Both productions are therefore ineligible for awards consideration this season.

The Broadway production of Prymate and the Off Broadway musical Bare will be considered for next season's awards, as the nominating committee was not able to see these shows prior to the eligibility cut-off date.

As previously announced, The Drama League will bestow three special awards this year. The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award will be given to Donna Murphy, The Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing will go to George C. Wolfe, and the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award will be given to City Center Encores!

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Since 1916, the Drama League has served the artist and audience communities with programs and initiatives. Its Directors Project, founded in 1984, has grown to be the leading career development program for emerging directors in the country. Many prominent directors working in New York today are alumni of The Project including Christopher Ashley (Rocky Horror Show), Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive), Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Diane Paulus (The Donkey Show), John Rando (Urinetown) and Dexter Bullard (Bug). The recently launched Audience Project works to build educated audiences for quality theatre through Directors Dialogues, workshops and tickets to performances that widen the scope of traditional theatergoing habits.

Membership in The Drama League is open to all. For more information about membership, please call (212) 244 9494, ext. 3 or visit online at www.dramaleague.org.

Proceeds from this event help support the Drama League’s programs. Tickets for the awards ceremony may be purchased from The Drama League by calling (212) 244 9494, ext 25.