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Idina Menzel, Glenda Jackson, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, The Band’s Visit, Angels in America and My Fair Lady Take Home the Drama League Awards

Idina Menzel, Glenda Jackson, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, The Band’s Visit, Angels in America and My Fair Lady Take Home the Drama League Awards

 Idina Menzel

 Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

The 84th annual ceremony honored Idina Menzel with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award and Glenda Jackson won THE DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD.

Casey Nicholaw

Casey Nicholaw

Mean Girls director Casey Nicholaw with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

and the National Endowment for the Arts with the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award.

Taylor Louderman

Taylor Louderman

The 2018 Drama League Awards took place this afternoon May 18 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Kate Rockwell,  “the Plastics” in Broadway’s Mean Girls, co-hosted the ceremony.

The awards honor Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and performances, with the ceremony culminating in the presentation of the Distinguished Performance Award, which goes to one artist a year and can only be won once in an artist’s lifetime. This year, the League recognized 55 actors as nominees for the distinction.

And the Winners Are


Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Jocelyn Bioh

Jocelyn Bioh School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play


Angels in America

Written by Tony Kushner

Directed by Marianne Elliott

Neil Simon Theatre

Produced by Tim Levy, National Theatre America, Jordan Roth, Rufus Norris & Lisa Burger, The Royal National Theatre, Elliot & Harper Productions, Kash Bennett, Aged in Wood, The Baruch-Viertel-Routh-Frankel Group, Jane Bergère, Adam Blanshay Productions, CatWenJam Productions, Jean Doumanian, Gilad-Rogowsky, Gold-Ross Productions, The John Gore Organization, Grove Entertainment, Harris Rubin Productions, Hornos-Moellenberg, Brian and Dayna Lee, Benjamin Lowy, Stephanie P. McClelland, David Mirvish, Mark Pigott, Jon B. Platt, E. Price-LD ENT., Daryl Roth, Catherine Schreiber, Barbara Whitman, Jujamcyn Theatres (Jordan Roth: President; Rocco Landesman: President Emeritus; Paul Libin: Executive Vice President Emeritus; Jack Viertel: Senior Vice President), The Nederlander Organization (James L. Nederlander, President), The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith, Chairman; Robert E. Wankel, President). Associate Producer: Franki De La Vega, Red Awning, and Nicole Kastrinos.


The Band’s Visit

Book by Itamar Moses; Music and Lyrics by David Yazek

Directed by David Cromer

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Produced by Orin Wolf, StylesFour Productions, Evamere Entertainment, Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director), David F Schwartz, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Grove REG, Lassen Blume Baldwin, Thomas Steven Perakos, Marc Platt, The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith, Chairman; Robert E. Wankel, President), The Baruch/Routh/Frankel/Viertel Group, Robert Cole, DeRoy-Carr-Klausner, Federman-Moellenberg, FilmNation Entertainment, Roy Furman, FVSL Theatricals, Hendel-Karmazin, HoriPro Inc, Intependent Presenters Network, Jam Theatricals, The John Gore Organizations, Koenigsberg-Krauss, David Mirvish, James L. Nederlander, Al Nocciolino, Once Upon a Time Productions, Susan Rose, and Paul Shiverick. Associate Producer: Steven Chaikelson.


My Fair Lady

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; Music by Frederick Loewe

Directed by Barlett Sher

Lincoln Center Theater

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Producing Artistic Director; Adam Siegel: Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning).  Produced in association with Nederlander Presentations Inc.  Mindich Chair Musical Theater Associate Producer: Ira Weitzman.

Alexander Gemignani

Alexander Gemignani from Carousel

 Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin, Frozen

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti, Meteor Shower

MaameYaa Boafo

MaameYaa Boafo, School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

Juan Castano

Juan Castano, Oedipus El Rey

Eisa Davis

Eisa Davis, Kings

Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady

Harriet Harris

Harriet Harris, The Low Road

Joshua Henry

Joshua Henry, Carousel

Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac, Hamlet

Chukwudi Iwuji

Chukwudi Iwuji, The Low Road



LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Katrina Lenk

Katrina Lenk

Katrina Lenk

Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit

James McArdle

James McArdle, Angels in America

Taylor Louderman

Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls

Patti Murin

Patti Murin, Frozen

Alex Newell

Alex Newell, Once On This Island

Lauren Ridloff

Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God 

Roslynn Ruff

Roslynn Ruff, X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

Paul Sparks

Paul Sparks, Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo

John Douglas Thompson

John Douglas Thompson, Julius Caesar

Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady and The Whirligig

Barrett Wilbert Reed

Barrett Wilbert Reed

Rachel Bay Jones, Barrett Wilbert Reed

Rachel Bay Jones, Barrett Wilbert Reed

LaChanze, Lea Solanga

LaChanze, Lea Solanga

Lea Solanga

Lea Solanga

Kenny Leon

Kenny Leon

Nick Corley

Nick Corley

David M. Lutken

David M. Lutken

Dane Laferty, Michael Arden

Dane Laferty, Michael Arden



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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