Drama League Awards

The 83rd Annual
Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

Friday, May 19, 2017
Marriott Marquis Times Square

1535 Broadway (@ 46th St)
New York City
11:30am - 3:00pm

Hosted by Audra McDonald and Will Swenson


For all press inquiries, please contact Philip Carrubba of Richard Hillman PR at philip@richardhillmanpr.com.



2017 Honorees Announced!  The Drama League will present three special honors at the Annual Awards:

BETTE MIDLER: Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater

BILL BERLONI: Award for Unique Contribution to the Theater

MICHAEL GREIF: The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

More information about our honorees can be found below.  

The Drama League also presents five competitive awards: Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the Distinguished Performance Award. For a list of previous winners, click here

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatrical awards chosen by the ENTIRE theatre community – specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and off-Broadway productions.  The membership includes award-winning actors, designers, directors, playwrights, producers, industry veterans, critics and dedicated audiences from across the nation.

At the height of the theatrical season each May, The Drama League Awards are presented in a star-studded luncheon ceremony. Lauded as “a wonderful, notoriously swanky affair” by Playbill and as “the best party on Broadway” by John Lithgow, the Awards Luncheon is considered by many to be the most intimate and friendly event of the awards season.

The 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony will be held held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway @ 46th Street) in New York City beginning at 11:30am. 

Resolution Life is the proud Lead Season Sponsor of The Drama League. The Drama League Awards Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline of The Drama League, and MAC Cosmetics, the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League. We gratefully thank them for their support. 

For all press inquiries, please contact Philip Carrubba of Richard Hillman PR at philip@richardhillmanpr.comFor questions about the event, please call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101. 


Bette Midler (Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award).  As one of the world’s most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler is a performer who continues to defy categorization and to garner accolades across all facets of show business. She is a recording artist who has sold more than 35 million albums and won four Grammy Awards. She is a performer who has, year after year, sold out the largest venues around the world. She is a three-time Emmy, three-time Golden Globe winning and twice Academy Award-nominated actress. She made her Broadway debut in 1967 in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, then went on to star in dozens of blockbuster films, creating some of the most iconic screen performances in cinematic history.   Her contributions to the musical form, on both stage and screen, are immeasurable, and include her acclaimed turn as Mama Rose in Gypsy and her award-winning performances in The Rose, Divine Madness, For The Boys, and Beaches, and dozens of others.  In 2013, Midler returned to the Broadway stage, after a nearly 40-year absence, to star in the one-woman play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, playing the legendary Hollywood agent, wowing critics, selling out performance after performance and breaking house records at the Booth Theatre. This season, she is back on the Broadway stage (and once again breaking box office records) starring in Hello, Dolly!, now in previews at the Shubert Theatre.  In addition to being one of the best-loved and instantly recognizable entertainers in the world, Midler is also one of New York’s most generous and tireless citizens. In 1994, she started the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing abandoned and neglected parks, gardens and open spaces in all five boroughs back to abundant life.

Bill Berloni (Unique Contribution to the Theater Award). Animal Director and Trainer.  2011 Tony Honoree for Excellence in Theatre and 2014 Outer Critics Circle award for Special Achievement. Broadway:  The Crucible; The Audience with Dame Helen Mirren; Living on Love; Bullets Over Broadway; Lady Day at The Emerson Bar and Grill; Annie (original and all revivals); A Christmas Story The Musical; Legally Blonde; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; Camelot; Frankenstein; The First; Alice In Wonderland; Oliver!; Anything Goes; Nick and Nora; The Wiz, (20th Anniversary revival and City Center 2009); The Wizard Of Oz; Dinner at Eight; Double Feature (NYCB); The Woman in White; Awake and Sing; and The Lieutenant Of Inishmore.  Berloni is the Animal Director of the new musical Because of Winn Dixie with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. He has trained animals for hundreds of Off-Broadway productions, regional theatres, tours, television and movies. Recent films include Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver. He provided the first live dog to play “Nana” in “Peter Pan Live” as well as Toto in “The Wiz Live,” both on NBC.  Other television credits include “Power,” “Billions,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Sesame Street,” “High Maintenance” and “Mr. Robot.”  Berloni and his family are the subjects of the docu-series entitled “Wags To Riches With Bill Berloni” on the Discovery Family Channel that premiered in August 2015. Published author of Broadway Tails, Doga and Sandy The Autobiography of A Star.  Director of Animal Behavior at the Humane Society of New York. Follow William Berloni Theatrical Animals, Inc. on Facebook and on twitter @BillBerloni. www.theatricalanimals.com.

Michael Greif (The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing). Michael Greif is represented on Broadway this season with two new musicals: Dear Evan Hansen (now playing at the Music Box Theatre) and War Paint (now playing at the Nederlander Theatre). Other Broadway credits: Rent, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal (Tony nomination); Never Gonna Dance; If/Then. Recent work includes War Paint (The Goodman Theatre in Chicago); Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America (Signature Theatre); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (The Public Theater); and The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet at The Public’s Delacorte Theater. Off-Broadway, he’s received Obie Awards for Machinal, Dogeaters (The Public) and Rent (New York Theater Workshop), and has directed new plays and musicals at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Manhattan Theater Club, MCC, New York Theatre Workshop and at Second Stage, where he directed Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen. Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown Theatre Festival (ten seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (AD, five seasons), Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theater Center, and Trinity Repertory Company. Mr. Greif holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.


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