20 May 2016
Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2016 Drama League Awards!
The 2016 Drama League Awards were held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 20 with the ceremonies hosted by Zachary Levi and Megan Hilty. The 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Projects were introduced during the ceremony by Drama League artistic director Roger T. Danforth. They list of Directors Project Directing Fellows included 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.
Hamilton won Outstanding Production of a Musical; The Humans – Outstanding Production of a Play; Outstanding Revival of a Musical-The Color Purple; Outstanding Revival of a Play – A View From the Bridge; with Lin-Manuel Miranda taking home the Distinguished Performance Award for his participation and role in Hamilton.
Lyricist Sheldon Harnick was also honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; Deaf West Theater with the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award; and Ivo van Hove was awarded the high honor of the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
The Drama League “honors distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing.” The awards historically began in 1922 and were formalized in 1935 into the Drama League Awards. They are the oldest theatrical honors in America, and are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience (specifically the thousands of Drama League nationwide) members who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
List of Winners
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Richard Rodgers Theatre
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
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Helen Hayes Theatre
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
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
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
The Color Purple
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by John Doyle
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
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
A View From The Bridge
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
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
DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATRE
UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATRE
Deaf West Theatre
FOUNDERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
Ivo van Hove