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2017 Drama League Special Recognitions Announced

March 16th, 2017 Comments off

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The Drama League will honor two outstanding stage luminaries at this year’s 83rd Annual Drama League Awards, set for Friday afternoon, May 19, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

The 2017 recipients are:  Bill Berloni will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award; Tony Award-nominee Michael Greif, represented this season on Broadway by Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint, will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. A third honoree for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater will be announced shortly.

Dear Evan Hansen (Photo: Matthew Murray via The Broadway Blog.)

Dear Evan Hansen (Photo: Matthew Murray via The Broadway Blog.)

These Special Recognition Honors are in addition to the five competitive categories. The 2017 Drama League Nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award will be announced on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi’s, and will be streamed live via  BroadwayWorld.com. The Nominee Announcement will be hosted by Resolution Life, the proud Lead Season Sponsor of The Drama League and supporter of the arts.

The 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon includes a nominees cocktail reception, luncheon, and awards presentation and will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom on Friday, May 19, 2017, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements. The first Drama League Award was presented to Katharine Cornell in 1935; since then, the Distinguished Performance Award has been accorded to a roster of theatre legends such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Sir John Gielgud, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Helen Hayes, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Sir Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters, and Christopher Plummer.

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Don’t Miss: Drama League Gala Honoring David Hyde Pierce

October 10th, 2016 Comments off
David Hyde Pierce (Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

David Hyde Pierce (Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced the roster of special guest performers for the 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce to be held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue) in New York City.

This year’s benefit gala culminates the organization’s centennial celebration that began last November.  The black-tie gala will feature dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute supporting The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.

 

The lineup for the evening’s one-of-a-kind musical tribute inspired by Mr. Pierce’s career in theater, film and television, including this season’s productions of A Life (Playwrights Horizons) and Hello, Dolly! will include stars of stage and screen Tyne Daly (It Shoulda Been You), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Bebe Neuwirth (“Frasier”), Sierra Bogguss (School of Rock), Christopher Sieber (Mathilda), Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Harriet Harris (It Shoulda Been You), Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Debra Monk (Curtains), Montego Glover (Memphis), Adam Kantor (Fiddler on the Roof), Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris) and more to be announced.

 

The Drama LeagueDrama League Directors Project alumnus Shelley Butler (It Shoulda Been You) directs. The 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring David Hyde Pierce will be produced by Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger.  The creative team will include Rob Urbanati (writer), Joyce Chittick(choreographer), David Evans (music director), Samantha Saltzman (associate producer/director),Melissa M. Spengler (production stage manager), Nick Kolin (lighting), Mike Tracey (sound),Whitney Locher (costume), and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (Drama League Executive Artistic Director).

 

“Since 1916, The Drama League has been honored to celebrate the career achievements of great theatrical artists,” noted Drama League Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks. “To kick off our second century in this tradition, we could think of no one more perfect than David, who exemplifies the absolute best of what American theater can be.  What a pleasure it is to gather his friends, co-stars and colleagues for an unforgettable night celebrating his many triumphs, and his return to Broadway this season.”

 

VIP and Ballroom seats are available, with a limited number of seats open to the General Public.  For more information, please call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101 or visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.

The Drama League Announces ‘Up Close’ Series

August 28th, 2015 Comments off

The Drama LeagueWant a front row seat and inside scoop from some of your favorite Broadway stars? The Drama League has announced their Fall 2015 Schedule of events and workshops at the Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca.

Highlights include intimate evenings with 2015 Tony Award winners Christian Borle (Something Rotten!), and Lisa Kron (Fun Home), and Julie White (Airline Highway), in a conversation hosted by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You), her co-star in the upcoming Broadway production of Sylvia.

The Drama League will also host a once-in-a-lifetime workshop for actors with the acclaimed British ensemble Frantic Assembly, who created the stunning movement and choreography for the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; a conversation with Tony Award nominee Max Von Essen (An American in Paris); and the return of DirectorFest, the annual short play festival featuring the work of America’s most exciting new directors.

This fall, The Drama League will also offer over 50 special performances on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as open rehearsals, artist residencies, play readings, excursions to London’s West End, and more.

UP CLOSE SERIES

Christian Borle in 'Something Rotten' (photo: Joan Marcus)

Christian Borle in ‘Something Rotten’ (photo: Joan Marcus)

Up Close: Christian Borle
Moderated by Rick Elice
Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Christian Borle takes a break from his Tony® winning turn as William Shakespeare in this season’s smash hit Something Rotten! to join us for a fun filled evening. Mr. Borle’s career spans stage and screen, having previously starred in the hit NBC musical drama Smash and the fantastically inventive Peter and the Starcatcher, for which he won his first Tony®. Other Broadway acting credits include Legally BlondeMary PoppinsSpamalot, and more. He joins us to discuss his prolific career and what it takes to pull off being the rock star Bard eight performances a week. This special event will be moderated by Peter and the Starcatcher playwright, Tony® Award nominee Rick Elice.

Up Close: Max von Essen
Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Max von Essen is currently appearing as Henri Baurel in the award-winning An American in Paris, a role which earned him a 2015 Tony® Award Nomination for best performance by an actor in a featured role. He previously appeared on Broadway in the 2012 revival of Evita as Agustin Magaldi. His other credits include the closing company of the original Les Miserables, performing the role of Enjolras in the first revival of Les Miserables, and making his debut in the first revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Join us as he discusses his career, current and upcoming projects!

(l to r) 'Fun Home''s Lisa Kron (Book and Lyrics), Sam Gold (Director), and Jeanine Tesori (Music) (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) ‘Fun Home”s Lisa Kron (Book and Lyrics), Sam Gold (Director), and Jeanine Tesori (Music) (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Up Close: Lisa Kron
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. 

Lisa Kron is a Tony winning writer and performer. This year, she and her writing partner Jeanine Tesori made history as the very first all-female writing teams to win the Tony® Award for a musical score, with their groundbreaking show and Best Musical Tony® winner, Fun Home.  Lisa’s last outing on Broadway was her acclaimed autobiographical work, Well, which she wrote, and for which she was nominated for a performance Tony® in the starring role. She was most recently seen on the New York stage as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She will join us to discuss her 30-year career in New York, and what will follow the smash success of Fun Home.

Up Close: Julie White
Moderated by Annaleigh Ashford
Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

The hilarious Julie White returns to Broadway this season in the canine comedy, Sylvia. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Dog Laughed, for which she won a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play,  Airline HighwayVanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and Ann. She is also beloved for her characters on screen, including TV’s “Grace Under Fire”, “Nurse Jackie” and the “Transformers” film franhise.  She will join us to discuss her extensive career on stage and screen and discuss her upcoming projects. This event will be moderated by her puppy co-star in Sylvia, Tony Award winner, Annaleigh Ashford.