Drama League Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

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The stars of Broadway’s “Aladdin” announced nominations for the Drama League Awards on April 20 at Sardi’s Restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Recognizing some of the best talents of Broadway and Off-Broadway in the 2015–16 New York theater season, the awards span five categories, including the Distinguished Performance Awards.

The Drama League had previously announced this year’s Special Recognition Awards recipients: Deaf West Theatre and its artistic director David J. Kurs, represented on Broadway this season with the revival of “Spring Awakening”; award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who currently has two Broadway revivals, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “She Loves Me,” running; and Ivo van Hove, director of Broadway’s “A View From the Bridge” and “The Crucible.”

The announcement from Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, and James Monroe Iglehart launches a month of celebration leading up to the 82nd annual awards ceremony, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square May 20. Broadway stars Zachary Levi and Megan Hilty, both of whom are nominated this year for their performances in and “She Loves Me,” and “Noises Off,” respectively, will host.

First awarded in 1922 to recognize “distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements,” the Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical awards in the country and are voted upon by thousands of members of the Drama League. For more information and for tickets to the May 20 event, visit dramaleague.org.

See below for the full list of nominees.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
10 Out Of 12
Eclipsed
The Father
Gloria
Hir
The Humans
King Charles III
Marjorie Prime
The Royale
Skeleton Crew

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Awake and Sing!
Blackbird
Cloud Nine
The Crucible
The Gin Game
Long Day’s Journey into Night
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Noises Off
Sense and Sensibility
A View from the Bridge

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
American Psycho
Bright Star
Dear Evan Hansen
Futurity
Hamilton
iOW@
On Your Feet!
School of Rock, The Musical
Tuck Everlasting
Waitress

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Color Purple
Dames at Sea
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

NOMINEES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD (One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.)
Nina Arianda, Fool for Love
Annaleigh Ashford, Sylvia
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Reed Birney, The Humans
Alex Brightman, School of Rock, The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son
Kelley Curran, The Dingdong
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Khris Davis, The Royale
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Georgia Engel, John
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Lynda Gravatt, Skeleton Crew
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
Anne Hathaway, Grounded
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jackie Hoffman, Once Upon a Mattress
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Jennifer Hudson, The Color Purple
Marin Ireland, Ironbound
Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tuck Everlasting
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey into Night
Judith Light, Thérèse Raquin
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Kristine Nielsen, Hir
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
Sam Rockwell, Fool for Love
Thomas Jay Ryan, 10 Out of 12
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey into Night
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime and John
Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
Cicely Tyson, The Gin Game
Michael Urie, Shows for Days
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet!
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
Nicola Walker, A View from the Bridge
Ben Whishaw, The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

(The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible this season. Their exemplary work, however, is recognized and applauded.)
James Earl Jones, The Gin Game
Patti LuPone, Shows For Days
Frank Langella, The Father
Mary-Louise Parker, Heisenberg
Mark Rylance, Nice Fish

Unique Contribution to the Theater Award: Deaf West Theatre (David J. Kurs, artistic director)
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award: Sheldon Harnick
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Ivo van Hove

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