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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:32

The Drama League Announces 2013 Award Nominees for 79th Annual Awards, Winners Announced May 17







New York, NY (April 23, 2013) – The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced the 2013 Drama League Awards Nominees for Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance Award.  The nominations were announced at a ceremony hosted by Patina Miller and Michael Urie this morning at Sardi’s Restaurant which were streamed live online at

The nominations announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 79th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 17, 2013 at noon.  Tickets for The Drama League Awards, which includes pre-event cocktails and the star-studded afternoon luncheon ceremony hosted by David Hyde Pierce, are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or  by visiting

In addition to the competitive categories, it was previously announced earlier this year, Tony®, Drama Desk® and Grammy® Award winner Bernadette Peters will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in recognition of her contribution to the musical theatre, presented by Emmy® Award winner Mary Tyler MooreMadison Square Garden Entertainment & the Rockettes will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for the continuing efforts in promoting live theatre presented by Tony® Award-winner Tommy Tune;  and Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by pop icon Cyndi Lauper.  

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

For more information about the Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 ext 27, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the website at



The Assembled Parties

Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

by Richard Greenberg

Directed by Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Producer

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers

Booth Theatre

By John Logan

Directed by Joe Mantello

Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, Scott and Brian Zeilinger, producers

Lucky Guy

Broadhurst Theatre

by Nora Ephron

Directed by George C. Wolfe

Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger and William Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Scott and Brian Zeilinger, producers, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and The Shubert Organization

The Nance

Lincoln Center Theater/Lyceum Theatre

by Douglas Carter Beane

Directed by Jack O'Brien

Andre Bishop, Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer

Old Hats

Signature Theatre Company

by Bill Irwin and David Shiner

Directed by Tina Landau

James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director

The Testament of Mary

Walter Kerr Theatre

by Colm Toibin

Directed by Deborah Warner

Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Roger Berlind, Broadway Across America, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sonia Friedman Productions/Tulchin Bartner Productions, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, and Eli Bush, producers

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Lincoln Center Theatre/Golden Theatre

by Christopher Durang

Directed by Nicholas Martin

Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe/Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt and David Elliot, Pat Flicker Addiss, Catherine Adler, John O'Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub, Radio Mouse Entertainment, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, producers, in association with McCarter Theatre Center and Lincoln Center Theater

The Whale

Playwrights Horizons

by Samuel D. Hunter

Directed by Davis McCallum

Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director, Carol Fishman, General Manager



Second Stage Theatre

Book by Peter Duchan, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Directed by Joe Mantello

Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director

Here Lies Love

The Public Theater

Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne

Directed by Alex Timbers

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director

Kinky Boots

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper

Directed by Jerry Mitchell

Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergere, Allan S. Gordon and Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters, producers

Matilda The Musical

Shubert Theatre

Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Directed by Matthew Warchus

The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, producers

Motown: The Musical

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Book by Berry Gordy, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright

Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, producers

Murder Ballad

Manhattan Theatre Club/Union Square Theatre

Conceived by and with Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan, Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash

Directed by Trip Cullman

Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Producer

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Ars Nova/Kazino

Written and Composed by Dave Malloy

Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director

Howard and Janet Kagan, Randy Weiner, Simon Hammerstein, producers


As You Like It

The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director

Golden Boy

Lincoln Center Theater/Belasco Theatre

by Clifford Odets

Directed by Bartlett Sher

Andre Bishop, Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer


Ethel Barrymore Theatre

by William Shakespeare

Directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg

Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Cody Lassen, Joan Raffe and Jhett Tolentino, Julia Broder, Luigi and Rose Caiola, Michael DeSantis, Neil Gooding Productions, John C. Hall, Marguerite Hoffman, Ken Mahoney, Elliott Masie, Dean Roth, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, and Kat White, producers

The Piano Lesson

Signature Theatre Company

by August Wilson

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director

The Trip to Bountiful

Stephen Sondheim Theatre

by Horton Foote

Directed by Michael Wilson

Nelle Nugent, Paula Marie Black, David R. Weinreb, Kenneth Teaton, Stephen Byrd, Alia M. Jones, Carole L. Haber/Philip Geier, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg/Ricardo Hornos, Fifty Church Street Productions/Hallie Foote, producers, in association with Kevin Liles, Joseph Sirola, Howard and Janet Kagan/Charles Salameno, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Raymond Gaspard, Willette Murphy Klausner/Reginald M. Browne

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Booth Theatre

by Edward Albee

Directed by Pam MacKinnon

Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, Kit Seidel, Amy Danis and Mark Johannes, Patty Baker, Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub, Richard Gross, Jam Theatricals, Cheryl Lachowicz, Michael Palitz, Dramatic Forces/Angelina Fiordellisi, Luigi and Rose Caiola, Ken Greiner, Kathleen K. Johnson, Kirmser Ponturo Fund, Will Trice, and GFour Productions, producers



Palace Theatre

Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Directed by James Lapine

Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, James M. Nederlander, Jane Bergere/Daryl Roth, Eva Price/Christina Papagjika, producers

Marry Me a Little

Keen Company

Conceived and Developed by Norman Rene and Craig Lucas; Songs by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Jonathan Silverstein

Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director; Adam Fitzgerald, General Manager

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Roundabout Theatre Company/Studio 54

Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

Directed by Scott Ellis

Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director


Classic Stage Company

Book by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by John Doyle

Brian Kulick, Artistic Director ; Greg Reiner, Executive Director


Music Box Theatre

Book by Roger O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Directed by Diane Paulus

Barry and Fran Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/.Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Muellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney, producers

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Broadway Theatre

New Book by Douglas Carter Beane, Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by Mark Brokaw

Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola and Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions, producers, in association with Center Theatre Group


One winner is selected from this category.  The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career. 

Alec Baldwin,Orphans

Danny Burstein,Talley's Folly

Bobby Cannavale, The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross

Bertie Carvel,Matilda The Musical

Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews

Lilla Crawford,Annie

Alan Cumming,Macbeth

Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson

Brandon Victor Dixon,Motown: The Musical

Jesse Eisenberg,The Revisionist

Edie Falco, The Madrid

America Ferrera,Bethany

Jake Gyllenhaal,If There is I Haven't Found it Yet

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy

Jessica Hecht,The Assembled Partiesand Harvey

Shuler Hensley,The Whale

Bill Irwin,Old Hats

Judith Ivey,The Heiress

Brian d'Arcy James, Giant

Scarlett Johansson,Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Judy Kuhn,Passion

Nathan Lane,The Nance

Valisia LeKae,Motown: The Musical

Tracy Letts,Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Judith Light,The Assembled Parties

Constantine Maroulis, Jekyll and Hyde

Andrea Martin,Pippin

Rob McClure,Chaplin

Lindsay Mendez,Dogfight

Laurie Metcalf,The Other Place

Bette Midler,I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers

Patina Miller,Pippin

Amy Morton,Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Donna Murphy, Into the Woods

Kristine Nielsen,Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jim Norton, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Seth Numrich, Golden Boy

Laura Osnes,Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Tina Packer, Women of Will

David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Lily Rabe, As You Like It

Vanessa Redgrave, The Revisionist

Chita Rivera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Paul Rudd, Grace

Roslyn Ruff,The Piano Lesson

Stark Sands,Kinky Boots

Tony Shalhoub,Golden Boy

Michael Shannon,Grace

Fiona Shaw, The Testament of Mary

Ryan Silverman,Passion

Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Tom Sturridge, Orphans

Holland Taylor, Ann

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Michael Urie, Buyer and Cellar

Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

Anthony Warlow,Annie

Stephen Tyrone Williams,My Children!  My Africa!

Vanessa Williams,The Trip to Bountiful

The Drama League wishes to recognize the superb contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners that include:

Norbet Leo Butz,Dead Accounts

Kathleen Chalfant, Red Dog Howls

Stockard Channing, The Exonerated

Patti Lupone, The Anarchist

Bebe Neuwirth, Golden Age

Francis Sternhagen, The Madrid


Bernadette Peters
Presented by Mary Tyler Moore


Madison Square Garden Entertainment and The Rockettes
Presented by Tommy Tune


Jerry Mitchell
Award Presented by Cyndi Lauper

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