Drama League Goes for Heckart

Eileen Heckart, who has said her starring role in "The Waverly Gallery" will be the last legit performance of her career, received a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award at a Fri., May 5 luncheon.

The award, said to be the oldest honoring legit performance, has been given since 1935. By comparison, the Tony Award was first given in 1947 (and for further comparison, Heckart's first notice in The New York Times was in 1943).

The Drama League's award for outstanding play was bestowed upon Michael Frayn's "Copenhagen" and outstanding musical honors went to "Contact," the Susan Stroman-John Weidman "dance play."

"Kiss Me, Kate" was named the best revival of the season.

As previously announced, Audra McDonald received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Musical Theatre, Daniel Sullivan won the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing, and former Actors Theatre of Louisville Producing Director Jon Jory was presented with the Unique Contribution to the Theatre award.