Nearly every Broadway musical this season has been nominated for a Drama League Award. Among prominent exceptions: Paul Simon's The Capeman, which flopped expensively, and the dance revue Forever Tango.
The awards will be given at a May 8 ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of New York's Plaza Hotel at noon (ET).
Nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical are The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Side Show, The Lion King, Triumph of Love, Ragtime plus the Off-Broadway tuners The Last Session and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The dance revue Forever Tango was counted separately.
For revival of a play or musical, nominees include 1776; Ah, Wilderness!; The American Clock, Cabaret, The Chairs, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Sound of Music and A View From The Bridge. 1997-98 marks the 64th year for the Drama League Awards. Julia Hansen, president of "New York's oldest theatrical organization," announced the nominees April 21. Anthony LaPaglia (A View From The Bridge) will host, the gala.
More than 2,000 Drama League members are eligible to vote (some 1,500 are expected to).
For 80 years the Drama League has helped foster a Broadway audience and administer The Directors Project, a career development program for emerging directors.
For tickets ($165) and information on the 64th annual Drama League Awards Luncheon call (212) 302-2100.