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The Drama League 2016 Nominations

The Drama League 2016 Nominations

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) announced that Zachary Levi(“Chuck”) and Megan Hilty (“Smash”) will host the upcoming 82nd Annual Drama League Awards on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom (1535 Broadway) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Both Levi and Hilty are celebrated this season for their acclaimed performances in the Roundabout Theatre Company productions of She Loves Me and Noises Off.

One of the high points of the season, the Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon includes a star-studded afternoon with nominees, cocktail reception, luncheon, and awards presentations. Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting

Recipients, previously announced, are: Deaf West Theatre (David J. Kurs, Artistic Director), represented on Broadway this season with the revival of Spring Awakening, will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award; Tony®, Grammy®, and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick, currently represented on Broadway with hit revivals of Fiddler on the Roof and Roundabout’s revival of She Loves Me, will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; and Olivier® Award winner Ivo van Hove, director of this season’s productions of Antigone at BAM, Lazarus at NYTW, and the acclaimed Broadway revivals of A View From the Bridge and The Crucible, will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

National Life Group is the proud Centennial Season Sponsor of The Drama League. MAC Cosmetics is the Official Makeup Partner of The Drama League. The 2016 Drama League Awards Chairpersons are Bonnie Comley and Jano Herbosch.



10 Out Of 12 

By Anne Washburn

Directed by Les Waters

Soho Rep

Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director; in association with John Adrian Selzer



By Danai Gurira

Directed by Liesl Tommy

John Golden Theatre

Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Alani Lala Anthony, Michael Magers, Kenny Ozoude, Willette Klausner, Davelle, Dominion Pictures, Emanon Productions, FG Productions, The Forstalls, MA Theatricals, producers; in association with Randolph Sturrup; Associate Producer: Marvet Britto; first produced and presented by The Public Theatre: Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director


The Father 

By Florian Zeller

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Doug Hughes

Manhattan Theatre Club

Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; By special arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath Productions



By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Evan Cabnet

Vineyard Theatre

Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Artistic Directors; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, Executive Director



By Taylor Mac

Directed by Niegel Smith

Playwrights Horizons

Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager


The Humans

By Stephen Karam

Directed by Joe Mantello

Helen Hayes Theatre

Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Roy Furman, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, Broadway Across America, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, Lauren Stein, The Shubert Organization, and The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Harold Wolpert, Managing Director, and Julia C. Levy, Executive Director), producers; Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, executive producers


King Charles III 

By Mike Bartlett

Directed by Rupert Goold

Music Box Theatre

Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman Productions, Almeida Theatre, Robert G. Bartner, Norman Tulchin, Lee Dean & Charles Diamond, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jon B. Platt, Scott Rudin, Richard Winkler, Zeilinger Productions, The Shubert Organization, producers


Marjorie Prime 

By Jordan Harrison

Directed by Anne Kauffman

Playwrights Horizons

Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager


The Royale 

By Marco Ramirez

Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Lincoln Center Theater

Andrè Bishop, Producing Artistic Director; Adam Siegel, Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning


Skeleton Crew 

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Atlantic Theater Company

Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director



Awake and Sing! 

By Clifford Odets

Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

National Asian-American Theatre Company

Mia Katigbak, Artistic Producing Director; Peter Kim, Associate Producer



By David Harrower

Directed by Joe Mantello

Belasco Theatre

Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Peter May, Jon B. Platt, Len Blavatnick, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Heni Koenigsberg, Stacey Mindich, Wendy Federman, producers; Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, executive producers


Cloud Nine 

By Caryl Churchill

Directed by James MacDonald

Atlantic Theater Company

Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director


The Crucible 

By Arthur Miller

Directed by Ivo van Hove

Walter Kerr Theatre

Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Len Blavatnik, Roy Furman, Peter May, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, Jon B. Platt, Megan Savage, Spring Sirkin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, producers; Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, executive producers


The Gin Game 

By D.L. Coburn

Directed by Leonard Foglia

Golden Theatre

Bob Boyett, Jon Bierman, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein, Wendy Federman, Roy Furman, Philip Geier, Ruth Hendel, Marianne Mills, Ostar, Ira Pittelman, Sanford Robertson, The Shubert Organization; in association with Loraine Boyle, Barbara Freitag, Carol Moellenberg, Ron Simons, producers


Long Day’s Journey into Night 

By Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Jonathan Kent

Roundabout Theatre Company

Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director; in association with Ryan Murphy


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Tucker

Pearl Theatre Company

Hal Brooks, Artistic Director; Jess Burkle, Managing Director


Noises Off 

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Roundabout Theatre Company

Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director


Sense and Sensibility 

By Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill

Directed by Eric Tucker


Eric Tucker, Artistic Director; Andrus Nichols, Producing Director


A View from the Bridge 

By Arthur Miller

Directed by Ivo van Hove

Lyceum Theatre

Scott Rudin, Lincoln Center Theater, Eli Bush. Robert G. Bartner, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Roy Furman, Peter May, Amanda Lipitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, John Gore, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Heni Koenigsberg, Jon B. Platt, Daryl Roth, Spring Sirkin, producers



American Psycho 

Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik

Directed by Rupert Goold

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment, Jeffrey Richards, Will Trice, Rebecca Gold, Greeleaf Productions, John Frost/ Clip Service, Trevor Fetter, Joanna Carson, Gordon Meli Partners, Nora Ariffin, Jam Theatricals, Almeida Theatre, Center Theatre Group, R&D Theatricals, Paula & Stephen Reynolds, and The Schubert Organization, in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman, producers


Bright Star 

Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin

Music, Lyrics and Story by Edie Brickell

Directed by Walter Bobbie

Cort Theatre

Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, James L. Nederlander, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, Balboa Park Productions; in association with Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Loves Productions and The Old Globe, producers


Dear Evan Hansen 

Book by Steven Levenson

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Directed by Michael Greif

Second Stage Theatre

Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director; in association with Stacey Mindich Productions



Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps

Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez

Directed by Sarah Benson

Soho Rep and Ars Nova

Soho Rep: Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director; Ars Nova: Jason Eagan, Founding Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director; in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays



Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Directed by Thomas Kail

Richard Rodgers Theatre

Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, and The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director), producers



Book by Jenny Schwartz

Music by Todd Almond

Lyrics by Todd Almond and Jenny Schwartz

Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

Playwrights Horizons

Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager


On Your Feet! 

Book by Alexander Dinelaris

Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Directed by Jerry Mitchell

Marquis Theatre

James K. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc., Berne Yuman, Roy Furman, Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Caiola Productions, REG · Grove, IPN/Albert Nocciolino, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Pittsburgh CLO, Eva Price, Iris Smith, Broadway Across America, Larry Hirschhorn/Double Gemini Productions, Marc David Levine/Burnt Umber Productions, Stella La Rue/Lawrence S. Toppall, producers


School of Rock, The Musical 

Book by Julian Fellowes

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Directed by Laurence Connor

Winter Garden Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization, producers


Tuck Everlasting 

Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle

Music by Chris Miller

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Directed by Casey Nicholaw

Broadhurst Theatre

Grove Entertainment, Arlene Scanlan & Michael Jackowitz, Howard & Janet Kagan, Jeffrey A. Sine, Broadway Across America, Samira Nanda, Matthew Blank, Laurie Glodowski/Susan Daniels, Joan Jhett Productions/Gabrielle Hannah & Marcy Feller, Patti Maurer/Bev Tannenbaum/Sunshine Productions/Karen Humphries Sallick, Warner/Chappell Music/Linda G. Scott, Late Life Love Productions/Alexis Fund, Fakston Productions/Kyle Fisher, Jack Thomas/Caduceus Productions, and Barry Brown, producers



Book by Jessie Nelson

Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles

Directed by Diane Paulus

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick, David I. Berley, Independent Presenters Network, A.C. Orange International, Peter May, Michael Roiff, Ken Schur, Marisa Sechrest, Jam Theatricals, I Theatrics, Benjamin Simpson & Joseph Longthorne/Shira Friedman, and American Repertory Theater, producers



The Color Purple 

Book by Marsha Norman

Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray

Directed by John Doyle

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Rom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstien/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, producers


Dames at Sea 

Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller

Music by Jim Wise

Directed by Randy Skinner

Helen Hayes Theatre

Infinity Theatre Company-Anna Roberts Ostroff & Alan Ostroff, Martin Platt and David Elliot, Patricia M. Roberts & Bert C. Roberts, Carl Berg, Louise H. Beard, Julie Boardman/Sarahbeth Grossman, Douglas & Steven Maine/Chris & Dawn Ellis, producers


Fiddler on the Roof 

Book by Joseph Stein

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Bartlett Sher

Broadway Theatre

Jeffrey Richards, Jam Theatricals, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Broadway Across America, Rebecca Gold, Stephanie P. McClelland, Barbara Freitag & Company/Catherine Schreiber & Company, Greenleaf Productions, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker, Caiola Productions, The Nederlander Organization, Gabrielle Palitz, Kit Seidel, TenTex Partners, Healy Theatricals, Edward M. Kaufman, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Jessica Genick, Willl Trice, producers


She Loves Me 

Book by Joe Masteroff

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Scott Ellis

Roundabout Theatre Company

Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director


Spring Awakening 

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Music by Duncan Sheik

Directed by Michael Arden

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold, and Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director David J. Kurs) with Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran, Chockstone Pictures, Caiola Productions, H. Richard Hopper, Learytodd Productions, R&D Theatricals, Brian Cromwell Smith, Invisible Wall Productions, Monica Horan Rosenthal, producers



One winner is selected from this category.  The recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.

Nina AriandaFool for Love 

Annaleigh AshfordSylvia 

Laura BenantiShe Loves Me 

Reed BirneyThe Humans 

Alex BrightmanSchool of Rock, The Musical 

Danny BursteinFiddler on the Roof 

Timothée ChalametProdigal Son 

Kelley CurranThe Dingdong 

Carmen CusackBright Star 

Jeff DanielsBlackbird 

Khris DavisThe Royale 

Daveed DiggsHamilton 

Georgia EngelJohn 

Cynthia ErivoThe Color Purple 

Jesse Tyler FergusonFully Committed 

Lynda GravattSkeleton Crew 

Michael C. Hall, Lazarus 

Anne HathawayGrounded 

Megan HiltyNoises Off 

Jackie HoffmanOnce Upon a Mattress 

Jayne HoudyshellThe Humans 

Jennifer HudsonThe Color Purple 

Marin IrelandIronbound 

Andrew Keenan-BolgerTuck Everlasting 

Leslie KritzerThe Robber Bridegroom 

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey into Night 

Judith LightThérèse Raquin 

Zachary LeviShe Loves Me 

Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton 

Jessie MuellerWaitress 

Kristine NielsenHir 

Lupita Nyong’oEclipsed 

Sophie OkonedoThe Crucible 

Annette O’TooleSouthern Comfort 

Tim Pigott-SmithKing Charles III 

Ben PlattDear Evan Hansen 

Phylicia RashadHead of Passes 

Sam Rockwell, Fool for Love 

Thomas Jay Ryan10 Out of 12 

Michael ShannonLong Day’s Journey into Night 

Jennifer SimardDisaster! 

Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime and John 

Mark StrongA View from the Bridge 

Cicely TysonThe Gin Game 

Michael UrieShows for Days 

Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet! 

Benjamin WalkerAmerican Psycho 

Nicola WalkerA View from the Bridge 

Ben WhishawThe Crucible 

Michelle WilliamsBlackbird 


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

Sam Waterston, The Tempest



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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