The 86th Annual Drama League Awards - And the Nominees are...

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Adrienne Warren, Jonathan Pryce, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karen Olivo & Tom Hiddleston

Nominees for The 86th Annual Drama League Awards have been confirmed, with Beetlejuice favorites Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer and two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman revealing the nominations during The Gratitude Awards Spring 2020 broadcast.

Voting for Drama League members closes on May 22 and the winners will be announced by Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and Bevin Ross via livestream in June.

As previously reported, the recipients of the 2020 special recognition awards are Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine (who will receive The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award), two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (who will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing) and the late, great, mulitiple Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally (who will be honored posthumously with The Unique Contribution to Theater Award).

The 2020 nominees by category are:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Cambodian Rock Band
Dana H.
Grand Horizons
The Hot Wing King
The Inheritance
The Michaels
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
one in two
Sea Wall/A Life
Seared
Slave Play
Stew


OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Girl From the North Country
Jagged Little Pill
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Octet
The Secret Life of Bees
Sing Street
SIX
Soft Power
A Strange Loop
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Betrayal
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Fires in the Mirror
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Judgment Day
Medea
Native Son
The Rose Tattoo
A Soldier's Play
The Woman in Black


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Enter Laughing: The Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
Rock of Ages
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
West Side Story


DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD

(One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career)

David ActonThe Woman in Black
Jeffrey BeanDublin Carol
Ato Blankson-WoodThe Rolling Stone and Slave Play
Christian BorleLittle Shop of Horrors
Danielle BrooksMuch Ado About Nothing
Danny BursteinMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Rose ByrneMedea 
Len CariouHarry Townsend's Last Stand
Patrice Johnson Chevannesrunboyrun & In Old Age
Liza Colón-ZayasHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Kate del Castillothe way she spoke
Edmund DonovanGreater Clements
Raúl EsparzaSeared
Francesca FaridanyThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Halley FeifferThe Pain of My Belligerence
Danyel FultonBroadbend, Arkansas
Annie GoldenBroadway Bounty Hunter
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
Susannah MillonziThe Crucible
Kate MulgrewThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Joe NgoCambodian Rock Band
Deirdre O'ConnellDana H.
Brenock O'ConnorSing Street
Okwui Okpokwasilifor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Karen OlivoMoulin Rouge! The Musical
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


NOTE: The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible this season. Their exemplary work, however, is recognized and applauded:

Harvey FiersteinBella Bella
Mary-Louise ParkerThe Sound Inside
Audra McDonaldFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Recipients of the coveted "Distinguished Performance Award" over the years has 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 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.

(Photos by Manuel Harlan / Joan Marcus / Richard Hubert Smith / Matthew Murphy / Marc Brenner)