History Boys, Jersey Boys, Awake and Sing, Sweeney and Ebersole Win Drama League Awards
By Robert Simonson
It was a good day for the Boys of Broadway. History Boys by Alan Bennett and Jersey Boys won the Drama League Awards for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Musical.
The Lincoln Center Theatre production of Odet's Awake and Sing and the John Doyle staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd got the nods for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Musical, respectively.
Christine Ebersole took the prize for Distinguished Performances for her work playing two roles in the Off-Broadway musical Grey Gardens.
The Drama League revealed the winners for its 2006 awards at its annual gala luncheon. Alan Cumming, who is currently in the Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, hosted the annual event.
The complete 2006 nominations are (with winners in boldface):
DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
DISTINGUISHED REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
DISTINGUISHED REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Three of this season's late-entry Broadway productions—Hot Feet, Shining City and Tarzan—will be considered eligible for Drama League Awards next season. Additionally, this season’s Broadway productions of Bridge and Tunnel and Well were previously honored by the Drama League in their earlier Off-Broadway incarnations.
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