The 86th Awards Nominations Event, which was to be held at Sardi’s on April 16, along with the Awards Luncheon, which was to be held at the Marriott Marquis on May 15, will no longer take place in-person this spring, due to government social distancing regulations.
Our Awards fundraiser has been re-envisioned for May. Please visit here to find out more information on The Gratitude Awards.
The Drama League Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements on and off Broadway, is a tradition we have been honored to provide since 1935. This year, as the world and its theater community face unique challenges, its need for celebration is different. The traditional Drama League awards process will therefore be delayed due to the ongoing citywide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will return at an appropriate time. But while those and the NYC theater season are paused, we are happy to celebrate a different set of excellence, recognizing the extraordinary acts of heroism in the theatrical community appearing on and behind scenes everyday.
ABOUT THE DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
First presented 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. League members include 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.
Each year at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, five competitive awards and three special honors are presented. For a complete list of productions and performers that have won these awards so far in the event’s history, as well as all of our past honorees, click here.
Nominees for the five competitive categories will be announced. These categories of distinction are Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the highly coveted Distinguished Performance Award.
The special honors will be presented to three theater luminaries at the Award Luncheon, to be announced in the coming months. The honors are The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, the award for Unique Contribution to the Theater, and the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater.
For questions about the event or to become a voting member, please call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2019 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
The 85th Annual Drama League Awards was another wonderful celebration of both Broadway and off-Broadway theater! The event, which took place on May 17, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, was host to over 600 guests, among them fantastic artists, producers, creative teams, and theater-lovers. Check out photos and posts from this year’s Awards Luncheon on our Facebook page!
Three theater luminaries were honored: Kelli O’Hara, who received the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater; Taylor Mac, who received the award for Unique Contribution to the Theater; and Alex Timbers, who received The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing; which was presented to him by special guest John Mulaney. Learn more about these three exciting artists and why we are thrilled to honor them below!
The event culminated with the big reveal of the winners in the five competitive categories. Nominees for each category were
announced on April 17th, 2019 – a list of all productions and performers nominated can be found here. The 2019 Drama League Award winners were:
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
THE WAVERLY GALLERY
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
KISS ME, KATE
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
The full list of Drama League Award winners and honorees in the event’s entire history, of whom the above shows and artists will now join the ranks, is available here.