Your Official 2018 NYC Theater Awards Calendar

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Spring is the most wonderful time of the year—for New York City thespians, that is. As a final wave of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions open in time to qualify for prestigious accolades, honors, and other theater-related trophies, voters from a variety of organizations will be in attendance, tasked with choosing this season’s best stagecraft.

It all drumrolls up to the 2018 Tony Awards, New York theater’s highest honors, which this year has an eligibility cut-off date of April 26; productions in contention must have an official opening in a Broadway theater on or before that date. By then the curtain will have already risen on the annual awards frenzy: the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards will be assessing the 2017–18 Off-Broadway season, while the Drama Desks will take into consideration Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway as well. Meanwhile, across the pond, the Laurence Olivier Awards will crown the best U.K. theater April 8.

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Below we’ve rounded up the most important NYC theater awards dates that belong on your radar. Stay tuned for further updates in Backstage’s awards coverage. Mark your calendars along with us!

April 2018
April 3 – Lucille Lortel Award nominations announcement
April 16 – Pulitzer Prizes for Drama announcement
April 18 – Drama League Award nominations announcement
April 24 – Outer Critics Circle Award nominations
April 26 – Drama Desk Award nominations announcement

May 2018
May 1 – Tony Award nominations announcement: webcast live at, announced by Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee
May 6 – 33rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards at NYU Skirball Center, hosted by Laura Benanti and Jason Jones
May 18 – 84th annual Drama League Awards at the Marriott Marquis Times Square
May 21 – 63rd annual Obie Awards at Terminal 5, hosted by John Leguizamo

June 2018
June 3 – 63rd annual Drama Desk Awards at the Town Hall, hosted by Michael Urie
June 4 – 74th annual Theatre World Awards
June 10 – 72nd annual Tony Awards: broadcast live 8:00–11:00 P.M. ET on CBS from Radio City Music Hall

UPDATE: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban have been announced as co-hosts of this year’s Tony Awards.

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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