2020 Drama League Awards Nominees

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theatre community — specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide.

Nominees for 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 have been announced. Voting is open for Drama League members from May 1 – May 22. Award winners will be announced by Gabriel Stelian-Shanks & Bevin Ross via livestream in June. The Drama League Awards Event Chair is Bonnie Comley.

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Cambodian Rock Band
Directed by Chay Yew
Written by Lauren Yee
Signature Theatre Company

Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Dana H.
Directed by Les Waters
Written by Lucas Hnath
Vineyard Theatre

Ashley Park, Michael Urie, Jane Alexander, and James Cromwell in Grand Horizons. Photo by Joan Marcus

Grand Horizons
Directed by
 Leigh Silverman
Written by Bess Wohl
Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater

Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre.
Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre. (© Monique Carboni)

The Hot Wing King
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Written by Katori Hall
Signature Theatre Company

John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy
John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Inheritance
Directed by
 Stephen Daldry
Written by Matthew Lopez
Barrymore Theatre

The Michaels
Written and Directed by
 Richard Nelson
Public Theater

Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus
Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Halley Feiffer
MCC Theater

From left to right: Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson, and Edward Mawere star in one in two. Monique Carboni
From left to right: Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson, and Edward Mawere star in one in two. Monique Carboni

One in Two
Directed by
 Stevie Walker-Webb
Written by Donja R. Love
The New Group

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, 'Sea Wall/A Life' Photo by Richard Hubert Smith
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Photo by Richard Hubert Smith

Sea Wall/A Life
Directed by 
Carrie Cracknell
Written by Simon Stephens/Nick Payne
Hudson Theater

Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus

Seared
Directed by 
Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Written by Theresa Rebeck
MCC Theater

The cast of "Slave Play," (on ground l. to r.): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes l. to r.) Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour.
The cast of “Slave Play,” (on ground l. to r.): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes l. to r.) Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour.(Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)

Slave Play
Directed by
 Robert O’Hara
Written by Jeremy O. Harris
New York Theatre Workshop/John Golden Theatre

Toni Lachelle Pollitt, Kristin Dodson, Nikkole Salter and Portia in Stew. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Stew
Directed by 
Colette Robert
Written by Zora Howard
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OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Girl from the North Country
Directed by 
Conor McPherson
Book by Conor McPherson, Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Belasco Theatre

The Broadway cast of 'Jagged Little Pill.' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)
The Broadway cast of ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Jagged Little Pill
Directed by 
Diane Paulus
Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, Lyrics by Alanis Morissette, Book by Diablo Cody
Broadhurst Theatre

Moulin Rouge!
Directed by
 Alex Timbers
Book by John Logan, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Octet
Directed by 
Annie Tippe
Written by Dave Malloy
Signature Theatre Company

Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

The Secret Life of Bees
Directed by Sam Gold
Book by Lynn Nottage, Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Atlantic Theater Company

Jakeim Hart, Max William Bartos, Zara Devlin, Sam Poon, Brenock O’Connor, Brendan C. Callahan, and Gian Perez in Sing Street at New York Theatre Workshop.(© Matthew Murphy)

Sing Street
Directed by 
Rebecca Taichman
Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Gary Clark and John Carney
New York Theatre Workshop

Cast of Six. Photo by Liz Lauren

Six
Directed by
 Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Soft Power
Directed by
 Leigh Silverman
Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang, Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Public Theater

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

A Strange Loop
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Playwrights Horizons

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Directed by 
Phyllida Lloyd
Book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Music by Various Artists
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Betrayal
Directed by
 Jamie Lloyd
Written by Harold Pinter
Jacobs Theatre

Alexandria Wailes and cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Photo by Joan Marcus

for colored girls who have considered suicide
/when the rainbow is enuf
Directed by
 Leah C. Gardiner
Written by Ntozake Shange
Public Theater

Michael Benjamin Washington in <i>Fires in the Mirror</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michael Benjamin Washington in Fires in the Mirror. Photo by Joan Marcus

Fires in the Mirror
Directed by 
Saheem Ali
Written by Anna Deavere Smith
Signature Theatre Company

Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald in Frankie and Johnny. Photo by Deen van Meer

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
Directed by
 Arin Arbus
Written by Terrence McNally
Broadhurst Theatre

Judgment Day
Directed by 
Richard Jones
Written by Ödön von Horváth, Adapted by Christopher Shinn
Park Avenue Armory

Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne in MEDEA. Photo by Richard Termine

Medea
Directed by Simon Stone
Written by Simon Stone after Euripides
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Lorenzo Jackson, Katherine Renee Turner, Rosalyn Coleman and Galen Ryan Kane in A NATIVE SON. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Native Son
Directed by Seret Scott
Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright
The Acting Company

Emun Elliott, Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo. Photo: Joan Marcus
Emun Elliott, Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo. Photo: Joan Marcus

The Rose Tattoo
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Tennessee Williams
Roundabout Theatre Company

A Soldier’s Play
Directed by Kenny Leon
Written by Charles Fuller
Roundabout Theatre Company

The Woman in Black
Directed by Robin Herford
Written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill
The McKittrick Hotel

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

Farah Alvin, Alison Fraser, Allie Trimm, and Dana Costello in Enter Laughing. © Carol Rosegg
Farah Alvin, Alison Fraser, Allie Trimm, and Dana Costello in Enter Laughing. © Carol Rosegg

Enter Laughing
Directed by Stuart Ross
Book by Joseph Stein, Music and Lyrics by Stan Daniels
York Theatre Company

Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid
Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid

Little Shop of Horrors
Directed by Michael Mayer
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Westside Theatre

The 2019 cast of Rock of Ages at New World Stages. Photo: © Matthew Murphy
The 2019 cast of Rock of Ages at New World Stages. Photo: © Matthew Murphy

Rock of Ages
Directed by Kristin Hanggi
Book by Chris D’Arienzo, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
New World Stages

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Directed by Kathleen Marshall
Book and New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
The Transport Group

West Side Story
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Broadway Theatre

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
David Acton, The Woman in Black
Jeffrey BeanDublin Carol
Ato Blankson-WoodThe Rolling Stone and Slave Play

James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play Matthew Murphy
James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play Matthew Murphy

Christian BorleLittle Shop of Horrors
Danielle BrooksMuch Ado About Nothing
Danny BursteinMoulin Rouge!

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy
Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy

Rose Byrne, Medea
Len CariouHarry Townsend’s Last Stand
Patrice Johnson Chevannesrunboyrun & In Old Age

Chiké Johnson plays Disciple Ufot, and Patrice Johnson Chevannes plays Abasiama Ufot in runboyrun. (© Joan Marcus)
Chiké Johnson plays Disciple Ufot, and Patrice Johnson Chevannes plays Abasiama Ufot in runboyrun. (© Joan Marcus)

Liza Colón-ZayasHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Kate del Castillothe way she spoke
Edmund DonovanGreater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Francesca FaridanyThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Halley FeifferThe Pain of My Belligerence
Danyel FultonBroadbend, Arkansas
Annie GoldenBroadway Bounty Hunter

Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)
Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)

Donnetta Lavinia GraysWhere We Stand
David Alan GrierA Soldier’s Play
Jonathan GroffLittle Shop of Horrors
Jake GyllenhaalSea Wall/A Life
Tom HiddlestonBetrayal
Paul HiltonThe Inheritance
Kathryn HunterTimon of Athens
Galen Ryan KaneNative Son
Brittney MackSix
April MatthisToni Stone

Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Susannah MillonziThe Crucible
Kate MulgrewThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Joe NgoCambodian Rock Band

Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo in a scene from Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Joan Marcus
Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo in a scene from Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Joan Marcus

Deirdre O’ConnellDana H.
Brenock O’ConnorSing Street
Okwui Okpokwasilifor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Karen OlivoMoulin Rouge!

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon
Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon

Larry OwensA Strange Loop
Lauren PattenJagged Little Pill
Chris PerfettiMoscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Ben PorterThe Woman in Black
Isaac PowellWest Side Story
Jonathan PryceThe Height of the Storm
Elizabeth RodriguezHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Michael ShannonFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Tom SturridgeSea Wall/A Life
Marisa TomeiThe Rose Tattoo
Blair UnderwoodA Soldier’s Play
Michael UrieGrand Horizons
Adrienne WarrenTina: The Tina Turner Musical
Michael Benjamin WashingtonFires in the Mirror
PortiaStew

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season.  As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded.
Harvey FiersteinBella Bella
Mary-Louise ParkerThe Sound Inside
Audra McDonaldFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Membership is open to everyone; for more information about membership or the Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 or visit www.dramaleague.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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HADESTOWN, AIN’T TOO PROUD, MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, OKLAHOMA and THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Receive Grammy Nominations for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’

Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the STAPLES Center with Alicea Keys as host and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Streamed live on GRAMMY.com, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT.

MUSICAL THEATER

58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

  • AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS
    Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes, principal soloists; Scott M. Riesett, producer (Original Broadway Cast)
  • HADESTOWN
    Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
  • MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL
    Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit, principal soloists; Justin Levine, Baz Luhrmann, Matt Stine & Alex Timbers, producers (Original Broadway Cast)
  • THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – IN FOUR CONTEMPORARY SUITES
    Imogen Heap, producer; Imogen Heap, composer (Imogen Heap)
  • OKLAHOMA!
    Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill, principal soloists; Daniel Kluger & Dean Sharenow, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2019 Broadway Cast)

Click here for the full list of nominations.

Ruthie Ann Miles, Bryce Pinkham, Karen Olivo, Christopher Vo, Ericka Hunter and More Set for Revamped CHESS at the Kennedy Center, February 14 – 18

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts launches the inaugural season of Broadway Center Stage with CHESS, the epic rock opera about love and political intrigue set against the backdrop of the Cold War as two superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Written in 1984 by songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), CHESS has been seen in numerous productions around the world. The original concept album spawned two international hit singles, “I Know Him So Well” and “One Night in Bangkok.”

Presented as a part of Broadway Center Stage, a Kennedy Center-produced series of musicals in semi-staged concerts, CHESS will run February 14-18, 2018 in the Eisenhower Theater.

CHESS, which enjoyed a three-year run in London’s West End in 1986 and played Broadway in 1988, has been revised with a new book by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer Danny Strong (“Empire,” The Butler, Game Change).

“I have always been enormously proud of CHESS,” said Tim Rice. “Revisiting this show with a new book by Danny Strong is an exciting opportunity. I am delighted that CHESS will have a new world premiere at the Kennedy Center.”

Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), CHESS stars Raúl Esparza (Company, the Kennedy Center’s Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along) as American chess champion Freddie Trumper; Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia) as rival Russian chess star Anatoly Sergievsky; Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I, Here Lies Love) as Anatoly’s wife, Svetlana Sergievsky; and Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (West Side Story, In the Heights) as Florence Vassy, a remarkable Hungarian refugee who becomes the center of the emotional triangle. Joining them are Bradley Dean (Dear Evan Hansen) as Ivan Molokov, Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Walter Anderson, and Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as the Arbiter.

The CHESS ensemble includes Paige Faure, Nkrumah Gatling, Casey Garvin, Adam Halpin, Ericka Hunter, Sean MacLaughlin, Morgan Marcell, Marissa McGowan, Chelsea Turbin, Christopher Vo, Minami Yusui, and Ricardo Zayas. Additional casting, creative team, and designers will be announced shortly.

Broadway Center Stage: CHESS will be performed Wednesday, February 14-Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. Tickets from $49 are currently on sale. For more information visit the Kennedy Center website, in-person at the Kennedy Center box office, or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.