Winners of the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards were announced at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Zachary Levi and Megan Hitly at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
Outstanding Production of a Musical, Hamilton
Outstanding Production of a Play, The Humans
Outstanding Revival of a Musical, The Color Purple
Outstanding Revival of a Play, A View From The Bridge
Distinguished Performance Award, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
In addition to the competitive categories, lyricist Sheldon Harnick was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award
Deaf West Theatre was honored with the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award for “their vital work”
Ivo van Hove was honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
Although Hamilton and two of its stars, were nominated for Drama League Awards last year, those nominations were for the Off-Broadway production.The Drama League “feels that it is important to recognize and to encourage the transfer and growth of production.”
During the ceremony, Drama League artistic director Roger T. Danforth introduced the 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, and Shaun Patrick Tubbs.
First bestowed in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatregoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
2016 Drama League Awards Hosts: Zachary Levi, Megan Hilty. 2016 Honorees: Sheldon Harnick, Ivo van Hove, David Kurs (Deaf West Theater). The Drama League Executive Committee: President & Event Co-Chair Jano Harbosch, Event Co-Chair Bonnie Comley, Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth. Guest Presenter: Audra McDonald. 2016 Drama League Awards Nominees: Laura Benanti, Reed Birney, Alex Brightman,Danny Burstein, Kelley Curran, Carmen Cusak, Jeff Daniels, Khris Davis, Daveed Diggs, Georgia Engel, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lynda Gravatt, Michael C. Hall, Jackie Hoffman, Jayne Houdyshell, Jennifer Hudson, Marin Ireland, James Earl Jones, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Leslie Kritzer, Jessica Lange, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jessie Mueller, Kristine Nielsen, Lupita Nyong’o, Sophie Okonedo, Annette O’Toole, Ben Platt, Phylicia Rashad,Thomas Jay Ryan, Michael Shannon, Jennifer Simard, Lois Smith, Mark Strong, Cicely Tyson, Michael Urie, Ana Villafa̴ñe, Benjamin Walker, Sam Waterston, Ben Whishaw, Michelle Williams. 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, Shaun Patrick Tubbs. Special Guests: Stewart F. Lane, Judith Light. The casts of American Pyscho, Bright Star, Hamilton, On Your Feet, School of Rock, The Musical, Tuck Everlasting, Waitress, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Eclipsed, The Crucible, The Humans, among others! (All subject to change.)