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2015 Drama League Award Nominations

April 21st, 2015 Comments off

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.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

The Audience
By Peter Morgan
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Alex Sharp (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Alex Sharp (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Between Riverside and Crazy
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Atlantic Theater Company/Second Stage Theatre

Bootycandy
By Robert O’Hara
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Playwrights Horizons

Constellations
By Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Manhattan Theatre Club/The Royal Court Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Steven Boyer in "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Steven Boyer in “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Hand to God
By Robert Askins
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Booth Theatre

An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Sarah Benson
Soho Rep/Theatre for a New Audience

Punk Rock
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Trip Cullman
MCC Theater

Scenes from a Marriage
By Ingmar Bergman
Adapted by Emily Mann
Directed by Ivo van Hove+
New York Theatre Workshop

Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two
By Hilary Mantel, Adapted by Mike Poulton
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Winter Garden Theatre

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Big Love
By Charles Mee
Directed by Tina Landau
Signature Theatre Company

The Elephant Man
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
Booth Theatre

Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Elisabeth Moss in “The Heidi Chronicles” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The Heidi Chronicles
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Music Box Theatre

The Iceman Cometh
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Robert Falls
Brooklyn Academy of Music

It’s Only a Play
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Jack O’Brien
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Skylight
By David Hare
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Golden Theatre 

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II
By Christopher Marlowe
Edited and Directed by Michael Boyd
Theatre for a New Audience

This Is Our Youth
By Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Cort Theatre

You Can’t Take It with You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Longacre Theatre 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

An American in Paris
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Craig Lucas
Directed by Christopher Wheeldon
Palace Theatre

(L-R) Sawyer Nunes, Alex Dreier, Laura Michelle Kelly, Aidan Gemme, Matthew Morrison, Christopher Paul Richards (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

(L-R) Sawyer Nunes, Alex Dreier, Laura Michelle Kelly, Aidan Gemme, Matthew Morrison, Christopher Paul Richards (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Finding Neverland
Book by James Graham, Music and Lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot KennedyDirected by Diane Paulus
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 

Fun Home
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Sam Gold
Circle in the Square Theatre 

Ghost Quartet
Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Directed by Annie Tippe
The McKittrick Hotel

Hamilton
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Thomas Kail
The Public Theater

It Shoulda Been You
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove, Music and Concept by Barbara Anselmi
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
St. James Theatre

The Visit
Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by John Doyle
Lyceum Theatre 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Allegro
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by John Doyle
Classic Stage Company

Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld
Roundabout Theatre Company

The King and I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Lincoln Center Theatre

OntheTownOn The Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by John Rando
Lyric Theatre 

On The Twentieth Century
Book and Lyrics by Better Comden and Adolph Green, Music by Cy Coleman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Roundabout Theatre Company

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The Drama League Award Nominations Announced!

April 23rd, 2013 Comments off

It’s high drama! The Drama League Award nominations have been announced.
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.

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
The Assembled Parties
Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
Booth Theatre
By John Logan
Directed by Joe Mantello

Lucky Guy
Broadhurst Theatre
by Nora Ephron
Directed by George C. Wolfe

The Nance
Lincoln Center Theater/Lyceum Theatre
by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Jack O’Brien

Old Hats
Signature Theatre Company
by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Directed by Tina Landau

The Testament of Mary
Walter Kerr Theatre
by Colm Toibin
Directed by Deborah Warner

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Lincoln Center Theatre/Golden Theatre
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Nicholas Martin

The Whale
Playwrights Horizons
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum

“Motown: the Musical” (photo: Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
Dogfight
Second Stage Theatre
Book by Peter Duchan, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Directed by Joe Mantello

Here Lies Love
The Public Theater
Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne
Directed by Alex Timbers

Kinky Boots
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Directed by Jerry Mitchell

Matilda The Musical
Shubert Theatre
Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus

Motown: The Musical
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Book by Berry Gordy, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright

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

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Ars Nova/Kazino
Written and Composed by Dave Malloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in "The Trip to Bountiful." (photo: Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
As You Like It
The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Golden Boy
Lincoln Center Theater/Belasco Theatre
by Clifford Odets
Directed by Bartlett Sher

Macbeth
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg

The Piano Lesson
Signature Theatre Company
by August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The Trip to Bountiful
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
by Horton Foote
Directed by Michael Wilson

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Booth Theatre
by Edward Albee
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

Patina Miller in “Pippin.” (photo: Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
Annie
Palace Theatre
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Directed by James Lapine

Marry Me a Little
Keen Company
Conceived and Developed by Norman Rene and Craig Lucas; Songs by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Roundabout Theatre Company/Studio 54
Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Scott Ellis

Passion
Classic Stage Company
Book by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by John Doyle

Pippin
Music Box Theatre
Book by Roger O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Diane Paulus

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

Each year, the Drama League also presents the Distinguished Performance Award. The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career.  Visit www.dramaleague.org for the full list of nominees.

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 Moore; Madison 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.

Gyllenhaal Is All Yours, Johannson Slips In & More Theater News

September 21st, 2012 Comments off

Annie Funke & Jake Gyllenhaal in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet". Photo by Joan Marcus.

You’ve heard of friends with benefits? Well, this is a post with benefits so pucker up and get ready for this week’s theater news round-up…

  • Part theater geek garage sale and part outdoor fan convention, the annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction takes over Shubert Alley & Times Square this Sunday from 10am – 7pm. In addition to the popular autograph table (this year featuring the likes of Cheyenne Jackson, Bebe Neuwirth, Steve Kazee, Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan and more), the marquee event is an auction of priceless memorabilia and events including lunch with Angela Lansbury…with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Start bidding now!
  • Still jonesing for a big ticket reward? The Drama League is sponsoring an online auction of their own with some amazing items including tickets to see If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet including a VIP backstage photo with star Jake Gyllenhaal. Just keep your hands to yourself when you get that picture taken with my boyfriend.
  • David Schwimmer in "Detroit". Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

    There are lots of benefits (ouch, that transition gave me whiplash) to seeing shows beyond Broadway. Check out the glowing reviews for two big, starry Off-Broadway openings this week. First, David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan headline “the superb” new play about downward mobility Detroit at Playwrights Horizons. Then the transcript-based, wrongly accused prisoners docudrama The Exonerated, returns in a revival that “still has the power to unsettle” with its rotating cast including Stockard Channing and Brian Dennehy.

  • Broadway Cares isn’t done yet; they’ve got a benefit — that’s like butter — planned for October 12 titled Hello Gorgeous: A Salute to the Streisand Songbook. Performers scheduled to belt their tuches off include Lorna Luft (Grease 2 again!), Ann Hampton Callaway, Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Nick Adams (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert) and Jim Caruso (“Cast Party” at Birdland).
  • The New York Times is reporting that Scarlett Johansson will slip out of her superhero leather and into a slip when she returns to Broadway as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this winter. Her equally fetching, though perhaps not in a slip, co-stars will be Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson himself Benjamin Walker, Ciaran Hinds and Debra Monk.
  • Finally, start planning your Christmas Day trip to movie theaters now because the big budget adaption of Les Miserables has been moved back two weeks to December 25. Not sure if it will be goodies or coal in your stocking? After the jump, check out a juicy behind-the-scenes preview that made the rounds yesterday. Color me very, very impressed with how some of the singing, recorded live on the set, sounds…

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