Drama League Awards to Be Announced at May 9 Ceremony

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The Drama League will reveal the winners of its 2003 awards at a ceremony on May 9. The nominations for the 69th Annual awards for Distinguished Production of a Play, a Musical and Revival were announced April 28.

The 2003 nominees are:

Distinguished Production of a Play
Enchanted April
Far Away
Fucking A
Golda's Balcony
Our Lady of 121st Street
Take Me Out
Talking Heads
Vincent in Brixton

Distinguished Production of a Musical
A Year With Frog and Toad
Avenue Q
Cookin' at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter
Movin' Out
My Life With Albertine

Distinguished Production of a Revival
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Burn This
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
La Boheme
Long Day's Journey into Night
Man of La Mancha
Salome: The Reading

The Distinguished Production Awards will be announced at the Drama League's Annual Awards Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt. The Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award will be announced at the event. It is the nation's oldest acting honor, first presented in 1935, pre-dating the Tony Awards by 12 years. The Drama League's national membership votes for the performance and production awards in the days preceding the event. "This year's winner of the Distinguished Performance Award will join many past recipients of that award and a dais lined with actors who have created the season's most memorable performances on and Off-Broadway," according to the nominations announcement April 28. "All of the stars on the dais will be given the chance to speak during the luncheon."

Among the sixty stars scheduled to appear are Jayne Atkinson, Antonio Banderas, Laura Benanti, Charles Busch, Marylouise Burke, J. Smith Cameron, Brent Carver, Ben Davis, Brian Dennehy, Ann Duquesnay, Charles S. Dutton, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico, Edie Falco, David Greenspan, Tovah Feldshuh, Harvey Fierstein, Sean Foley, Jochen ten Haaf, Victoria Hamilton, Rosemary Harris, Clare Higgins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Eddie Izzard, Cherry Jones, Swoosie Kurtz, Dick Latessa, Mark Linn Baker, Robert Sean Leonard, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Hamish McColl, S. Epatha Merkerson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kate Mulgrew, Liam Neeson, Dael Orlandersmith, Denis O'Hare, Michelle Pawk, Bernadette Peters, Jason Petty, Parker Posey, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Roger Rees, Chita Rivera, Marian Seldes, John Selya, Frances Sternhagen, Daniel Sunjata, Justin Theroux, Marisa Tomei, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Leslie Uggams, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Chloe Wright.

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."

Tickets for the event may be purchased from The Drama League by calling (212) 244-9494, ext 25.

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