Alex Brightman & Leslie Kritzer to announce 2020 Drama League Awards nominees

The Beetlejuice stars will reveal this year's nominations on April 16, 2020.

Alex Brightman & Leslie Kritzer in Beetlejuice

April 16, 2020 is the Day-O! Two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman and Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, the current stars of Broadway's smash hit musical Beetlejuice, have been chosen to announce the nominees for The 86th Annual Drama League Awards.

The announcement will take place on Thursday morning, April 16, 2020 at 11am (ET) at Sardi's, Broadway's iconic restaurant, where all the 2020 nominees will be revealed. The categories include 'Outstanding Production of a Play,' 'Outstanding Production of a Musical,' 'Outstanding Revival of a Play,' 'Outstanding Revival of a Musical,' and the much-coveted 'Distinguished Performance Award.'

Past winners over the years have included a roster of theatre legends such as Audra McDonald, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Sir John Gielgud, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Sir Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Chita Rivera, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Plummer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Glenda Jackson, and Bryan Cranston.

The 86th Annual Drama League Awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:30am at the Marriott Marquis Times Square's Broadway Ballroom.

The Drama League Awards were first awarded back in 1922 and were formalised as such in 1935, becoming the oldest theatrical honors in the United States. They remain the only major theatergoer awards chosen together by both industry professionals and audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

Alex Brightman shot to Broadway stardom after originating the role of Dewey Finn in School of Rock - The Musical and earning his first Tony Award nomination in 2016. His other Broadway credits include Wicked, Matilda The Musical, Big Fish, and, of course, his current Tony-nominated role as the titular character of Beetlejuice.

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer is a three-time Drama Desk Award nominee, currently starring as Delia in Beetlejuice. She has previously appeared in the Broadway productions of Something Rotten!, Elf, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray, as well as the National Tour of Urinetown.

Beetlejuice Tickets are available now for performances through June 6, 2020.

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)