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The Drama League Luncheon Honors Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, The Color Purple and More

The Drama League Luncheon Honors Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, The Color Purple and More
Lin Manuel Miranda

Lin Manuel Miranda

Lin Manuel Miranda

Lin Manuel Miranda

 Zachary Levi, Megan Hilty

Zachary Levi, Megan Hilty

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.

The winners:

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.

 

Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell

Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell

 Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti

Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti

Annette O'Toole

Annette O’Toole

Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo

Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo

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 ToeplitzChloe Treat, Shaun Patrick Tubbs.   Special Guests:  Stewart F. Lane, Judith Light.  The casts of American PyschoBright StarHamiltonOn Your FeetSchool of Rock, The MusicalTuck EverlastingWaitressThe Color PurpleFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeEclipsedThe CrucibleThe Humans, among others! (All subject to change.)

Ben Platt

Ben Platt

Michael Urie

Michael Urie

Danai Guirra

Danai Guirra

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

 Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Marin Ireland

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Marin Ireland

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

 Ana Villafa̴ñe

Ana Villafa̴ñe

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Cindy Adams

Cindy Adams

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Alex Brightman

Alex Brightman

Alex Brightman

Alex Brightman

Myra Lucretia Taylor

Myra Lucretia Taylor

Eclipsed

The girls of Eclipsed

Akosua Busia

Akosua Busia

 Kristine Nielsen

Kristine Nielsen

 Jackie Hoffman

Jackie Hoffman

Jennifer Simard

Jennifer Simard

Stewart F Lane and Bonnie Comley

Stewart F Lane and Bonnie Comley

 

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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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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