Drama League Awards

2022 Drama League Awards nominations announced

The awards will take place on May 20.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The Drama League has announced the nominations for its 2022 awards. The Drama League Awards annually recognize excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, with both types of shows competing in the same categories. This year's awards ceremony will take place on May 20 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

The Drama League gives awards for a distinguished new play and musical each season, a distinguished play and musical revival, and a distinguished performance in either a play or musical. This year, the League is also presenting awards for direction of a play and musical, respectively, for the first time.

In addition to the competitive awards, the Drama League has also announced some special recognitions. This year's special award honorees are Hugh Jackman, for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre; Lileana Blain-Cruz, for the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing; Billy Crystal, for Contribution to the Theater; and Willette Murphy Klausner, for The Gratitude Award.

Read the full list of nominees below.

Outstanding Production of a Play

Outstanding Revival of a Play

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Outstanding Direction of a Play

  • Knud Adams, English
  • Saheem Ali, Merry Wives
  • Stori Ayers, Confederates
  • Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
  • Matthew Dunster, Hangmen
  • Jamie Lloyd, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy
  • Tyne Rafaeli, Selling Kabul
  • Taylor Reynolds, Tambo & Bones
  • Les Waters, Dana H.
  • Kate Whoriskey, Clyde's

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

  • John Doyle, Assassins
  • Marianne Elliott, Company
  • Lee Sunday Evans, Oratorio for Living Things
  • Michael Mayer, Funny Girl
  • Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, Six
  • Leigh Silverman, Suffs
  • Niegel Smith, The Hang
  • Christopher Wheeldon, MJ the Musical
  • Jerry Zaks, The Music Man

Distinguished Performance Award

  • Uzo Aduba, Clyde's
  • Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
  • Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night
  • Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth
  • Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo
  • Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change
  • Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night
  • Matt Doyle, Company
  • Rachel Dratch, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
  • Edie Falco, Morning Sun
  • Tyler Fauntleroy, Tambo & Bones
  • Beanie Feldstein, Funny Girl
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out
  • Sutton Foster, The Music Man
  • Myles Frost, MJ: The Musical
  • Adrianna Hicks, Six
  • Marin Ireland, Morning Sun
  • Nikki M. James, Suffs
  • Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde's
  • Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
  • LaChanze, Trouble in Mind
  • L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop
  • Jane Lynch, Funny Girl
  • Taylor Mac, The Hang
  • Brittney Mack, Six
  • Ebony Marshall-Oliver, 7 Minutes
  • Elizabeth Marvel, Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • James McAvoy, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
  • Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo
  • David Morse, How I Learned to Drive
  • Deirdre O'Connell, Dana H.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Plaza Suite
  • Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues
  • Arturo Luis Soria, Ni Mi Madre
  • Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop
  • Cecily Strong, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
  • Will Swenson, Assassins
  • Julie White, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
  • Jesse Williams, Take Me Out
  • Michelle Wilson, Confederates

The Drama League also recognizes Hugh Jackman's performance in The Music Man, Patti LuPone's in Company, and Mary-Louise Parker's in How I Learned to Drive this season. However, an actor can only win the Distinguished Performance Award once in their lifetime, and these actors have won in the past.

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