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The Drama League Awards, created in 1922, honor distinguished productions and performances both on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in addition to recognizing exemplary career achievements in theatre, musical theatre, and directing.WEB,weblink Winners of Drama League Awards Announced, Playbill, May 20, 2016, September 25, 2017, Each May, the awards are presented by The Drama League at the Annual Awards Luncheon with performers, directors, producers, and Drama League members in attendance. The Drama League membership comprises the entire theater community, including award-winning actors, designers, directors, playwrights, producers, industry veterans, critics and theater-going audiences from across the U.S.WEB,weblink Special Awards Recipients Announced, The Drama League, March 21, 2016, September 25, 2017, WEB,weblink Drama League Awards, The Drama League, September 25, 2017, The Drama League Awards are the oldest awards honoring theater in North America. The awards were established in 1922, and formalized in 1935.WEB,weblink Ben Platt, Sutton Foster, and Josh Groban Among 2017 Drama League Award Nominees, Playbill, April 19, 2017, September 25, 2017, WEB,weblink Award History, The Drama League, September 25, 2017, Katharine Cornell was the recipient of the first award in 1935, for Distinguished Performance. Five competitive awards are presented: 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. The Distinguished Performance Award is presented to one performer every year, and the recipient can only receive the award once in his or her career.WEB,weblink Ben Platt, Sutton Foster, and Josh Groban Among 2017 Drama League Award Nominees, Playbill, April 19, 2017, September 25, 2017, The Drama League also bestow three special honors at the awards ceremony: Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater, Unique Contribution to the Theater, and The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. The award statues are designed by New York firm Society Awards.WEB,weblink Cook, Davis, Hayes, Schreiber and Walken Will Be Presenters at Drama League Awards, May 11, 2010, September 25, 2017, Playbill,

Categories of awards

  • Outstanding Production of a Play
  • Outstanding Production of a Musical
  • Outstanding Revival of a Play
  • Outstanding Revival of a Musical
  • Distinguished Performance
Additionally, an honorary award may be given in the following categories:
  • Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
  • Unique Contribution to the Theatre
  • The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

List of winners

The Distinguished Performer Award was first presented in 1935, to Katharine Cornell for Romeo and Juliet. The first recipient of the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing was Daniel J. Sullivan in 2000. Actor Yul Brynner was the first recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre award in 1985. The Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award was first bestowed in 1982 to the New York Production of Nicholas Nickelby: Bernard Jacobs, Gerald Schoenfeld, James M. Nederlander, Elizabeth McCann, and Nelle Nugent.
Winners 2018–2019
Source: Playbill.comWEB,weblink Network's Bryan Cranston, Hadestown Among 2019 Drama League Award Winners, Playbill, en, 2019-05-17,

Winners 2017–2018
Source: Playbill.comWEB,weblink Glenda Jackson, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Among 2018 Drama League Award Winners {{!, Playbill|website=Playbill|language=en|access-date=2018-05-21}}

Winners 2016–2017
Source: Playbill.comWEB,weblink Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt, Hello, Dolly! and More Are Winners of Drama League Awards {{!, Playbill|website=Playbill|language=en|access-date=2017-05-19}}
  • Ben Platt for Dear Evan Hansen – Distinguished Performance Award
  • Dear Evan Hansen – Outstanding Production of a Musical
  • Oslo – Outstanding Production of a Play
  • Hello, Dolly! – Outstanding Revival of a Musical
  • Jitney – Outstanding Revival of a Play
  • Bette Midler – Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award
  • Bill Berloni – Unique Contribution to the Theatre
  • Michael Greif – Founders Award for Excellence in Directing


Winners 2015–2016
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew."Winners of Drama League Awards Announced" playbill.com, May 20, 2016

Winners 2014–2015
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew and Viagas, Robert. " 'An American in Paris', 'Curious Incident' and Chita Rivera Win Drama League Awards" {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150517195440weblink |date=May 17, 2015 }}, playbill.com, May 15, 2015

Winners 2013–2014
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew. "80th Annual Drama League Award Winners Announced; Neil Patrick Harris Wins Distinguished Performance Honor" {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140517132700weblink |date=May 17, 2014 }} playbill.com, May 16, 2014

Winners 2012–2013
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew. " 'Kinky Boots', 'Pippin', 'Vanya and Sonia', 'Virginia 'Woolf? and More Win Drama League Awards" {{webarchive|url=https://archive.is/20130615172250weblink |date=2013-06-15 }} playbill.com, May 17, 2013

Winners 2011–2012
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew. " 'Other Desert Cities', 'Salesman', 'Follies', 'Once', Audra McDonald Are Drama League Winners" {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120520080117weblink |date=2012-05-20 }} playbill.com, May 18, 2012

Winners 2010–2011
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew. " 'Mormon', 'War Horse', 'Normal Heart', 'Anything Goes', Mark Rylance Win Drama League Awards" {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110914202223weblink |date=September 14, 2011 }} playbill.com, May 20, 2011

Winners 2009–2010
Source: Playbill.comGans, Andrew."Sondheim, 'Red', 'Bridge', 'La Cage' and Molina Win Drama League Awards" {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100726021342weblink |date=2010-07-26 }} playbill.com, May 21, 2010

Winners 2008–2009
Source:Playbill.comGans, Andrew.Billy, Carnage, Hair, Blithe and Rush Win Drama League Awards" {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090518073846weblink |date=May 18, 2009 }}, playbill.com, May 15, 2009

Winners 2007–2008
Source:VarietyCox, Gordon. " 'Catered Affair' nabs League honor" Variety, May 16, 2008
  • Patti LuPone for Gypsy – Distinguished Performance Award
  • (August: Osage County) by Tracy Letts – Outstanding Production of a Play
  • A Catered Affair, Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by John Bucchino – Outstanding Production of a Musical
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Outstanding Revival of a Play
  • South Pacific, Book by Joshua Logan and Oscar Hammerstein II, Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II – Outstanding Revival of a Musical
  • Paul Gemignani – Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award
  • Bartlett Sher – Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
  • Ellen Stewart – Unique Contribution to the Theatre


Winners 2006–2007


Winners 2005–2006


Winners 2004–2005


Winners 2003–2004


Winners 2002–2003


Winners 2001–2002


Winners 2000–2001


Winners 1999–2000


Winners 1998–1999
  • Wit – Outstanding Production of a Play
  • Fosse – Outstanding Production of a Musical
  • Death of a Salesman – Outstanding Revival
  • Kathleen Chalfant for Wit – Distinguished Performance Award
  • Ann Reinking and Gwen Verdon – Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
  • Sir David Hare – Unique Contribution to the Theatre


Winners 1997–1998


Winners 1996–1997


Winners 1995–1996


Winners history
List of winners, 1935 through 2014.

See also

References

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External links

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