The 88th Annual Drama League Awards Winners

The 88th Annual Drama League Awards Winners

The 88th Annual Drama League Awards were presented at the The Ziegfeld Ballroom (141 W 54th St, New York, NY) on yesterday. The 2022 Awards recognized eligible Broadway and Off-Broadway (non-virtual only) productions that began preview performances between March 16, 2021, and April 23, 2022.

Frank DiLella

Frank DiLella

Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank DiLella hosted alongside theatrical legends and Tony Award winners, Patti LuPone (Company, Evita, Gypsy)

Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen (Pippin, Fosse, Wicked)

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster (The Music Man, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie)

Shoshana Bean, Billy Crystal

and freshly-minted 2022 Tony Award Nominated Actresses Shoshana Bean (Mr. Saturday Night, Wicked)

Gabby Beans

Gabby Beans (Skin of Our Teeth, “Succession,” “House of Cards”),

Lear deBessonet

and Lear deBessonet (Encores! Into The Woods, Hercules, Miss You Like Hell), presented the esteemed awards.

And the winners are:

2022 Drama League Awards

Nederlander Theatre
Written by Stefano Massini; Adapted by Ben Power
Directed by Sam Mendes
Produced by The National Theatre, Neal Street Productions, Barry Diller, David Geffen, Kash Bennett, Lisa Burger, Caro Newling, Ambassador Theatre Group, Stephanie P. McClelland, Annapurna Theatre, Delman-Whitney, Craig Balsam/Heni Koenigsberg/John Yonover, Fiery Angel/Seth A. Goldstein, Starry Night Entertainment, Gavin Kalin Productions, Paul & Selina Burdell/Bill Damaschke, & Claire Kenny, CatWenJam Productions, Amanda Dubois, Glass Half Full Productions, Dede Harris/Linda B. Rubin, Kallish Weinstein Creative, Kors Le Pere Theatricals LLC, James L. Nederlander, No Guarantees, Mark Pigott KBE, KStJ, Playing Field, Catherine Schreiber/Adam Zell, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Richard Winkler/Alan Shorr/Dawn Smalberg, The Shubert Organization (Robert E. Wankel: Chairman & CEO), Independent Presenters Network and John Gore Organization.

The Cast of Take Me Out

Second Stage Theater
The Helen Hayes Theater
Written by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Scott Ellis
Produced by Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President & Artistic Director; Khady Kamara, Executive Director)

Lyceum Theatre
Book, Music, Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Produced by Barbara Whitman, Page 73 Productions, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Pasek, Paul & Stafford, Hunter Arnold, Marcia Goldberg, Alex Levy & James Achilles, Osh Ashruf, Don Cheadle & Bridgid CoulterCheadle, Paul Oakley Stovall, Jimmy Wilson, Annapurna Theatre, Robyn Coles, Creative Partners Productions, Kayla Greenspan, Grove Entertainment, Robyn Gottesdiener, Kuhn, Lewis & Scott, Maximum Effort Productions Inc., Richard Mumby, Marc Platt & Debra Martin Chase, Phenomenal Media & Meena Harris, Laurie Tisch, Yonge Street Theatricals, Dodge Hall Productions/JJ Maley, John Gore Organization, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, RuPaul, Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Hudson, Mindy Kaling, and Billy Porter

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Produced by Elliott & Harper Productions, The Shubert Organization (Robert E. Wankel: Chairman & CEO), Catherine Schreiber, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Crossroads Live, Annapurna Theatre, Hunter Arnold, No Guarantees, Jon B. Platt, Michael Watt, John Gore Organization, Tim Levy, Grove-REG, Hornos-Moellenberg, Levine-Federman-Adler, Beard-Merrie-Robbins, LD Entertainment/Madison Wells Live, Benjamin Lowy/Roben Alive, Daryl Roth/Tom Tuft, Salmira Productions/Caiola Productions, Aged in Wood/Lee-Sachs, Berinstein-Lane/42nd.Club, Boyett-Miller/Hodges-Kukielski, Finn-DeVito/Independent Presenters Network, Armstrong-Ross/Gilad-Rogowsky, Boardman-Koenigsberg/Zell-Seriff, Concord Theatricals-Scott Sanders Productions/Abrams-May, deRoy-Brunish/Jenen-Rubin, Fakston Productions/Sabi-Lerner-Ketner, Maggio-Abrams/Hopkins-Tackel, Levy & Chauviere, and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth, President)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Kate Whoriskey , CLYDE’S, Second Stage Theatre

Chris Harper, Marianne Elliott

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Marriage Elliott, COMPANY, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Sutton Foster

Cast of The Music Man


The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded:

Hugh Jackman, The Music Man
Patti LuPone, Company
Mary-Louise Parker, How I Learned To Drive

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS (previously announced)

Hugh Jackman

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre – Hugh Jackman

Lileana Blain-Cruz

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing – Lileana Blain-Cruz

Billy Crystal

Contribution to the Theater – Billy Crystal
The Gratitude Award – Willette Murphy Klausner

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