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Drama League 2010 Award Winners


The winners of the 76th Annual Drama League Awards were announced on 22 May 2010 at a luncheon co-hosted by Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.

Alfred Molina won the Distinguished Performance Award (which can be won only once in an actor's career) for his role as 'Mark Rothko ' in John Logan's 'Red.

Sondheim on Sondheim: The Musical won Distinguished Production of a Musical, Red won Distinguished Production of a Play, La Cage aux Folles won Distinguished Revival of a Musical and A View from the Bridge won Distinguished Revival of a Play.

The Drama League also presented its three previously announced special recognitions:

  • Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award went to Nathan Lane
  • The Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing went to Kenny Leon
  • The Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award went to Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group

    The2010 Drama League winners and nominations are listed below: ***Winners are indicated in bold font.

    Distinguished Production of a Musical:

    • THE ADDAMS FAMILY
      Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
    • AMERICAN IDIOT
      Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong; Music by Green Day, St. James Theatre
    • BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (Off-B'way)
      Book by Alex Timbers; Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman, The Public Theater
    • BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Off-B'way)
      by Noel Coward; Adapted by Emma Rice/Kneehigh Theatre, St. Ann's Warehouse
    • COME FLY AWAY
      Conceived by Twyla Tharp; Music and Lyrics by Various Artists, Marquis Theatre
    • MEMPHIS
      Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro; Music and Lyrics by David Bryan, Shubert Theatre
    • MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
      ook by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux; Music and Lyrics by Various Artists, Nederlander Theatre
    • THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Off-B'way)
      Book by David Thompson; Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, Vineyard Theatre
    • SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
      Conceived by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Roundabout Theatre Company

    Distinguished Production of a Play

    • AFTERMATH (Off-B'way)
      by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, New York Theatre Workshop
    • A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
      by Martin McDonagh, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
    • THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS (Off-B'way)
      by Tarell Alvin McCraney, The Public Theater
    • CLYBOURNE PARK (Off-B'way)
      by Bruce Norris, Playwrights Horizons
    • ENRON
      by Lucy Prebble, Broadhurst Theatre
    • NEXT FALL
      by Geoffrey Nauffts, Helen Hayes Theatre
    • THE PRIDE (Off-B'way)
      by Alexi Kaye Campbell, MCC Theater
    • RED
      by John Logan, John Golden Theatre
    • VENUS IN FUR (Off-B'way)
      by David Ives, Classic Stage Company

    Distinguished Revival of a Musical:

    • A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
      Book by Hugh Wheeler; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Walter Kerr Theatre
    • FINIAN'S RAINBOW
      Book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy; Lyrics by Harburg; Music by Burton Lane, St. James Theatre
    • LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
      Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Longacre Theatre
    • PROMISES, PROMISES
      Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Hal David; Music by Burt Bacharach, Broadway Theatre
    • RAGTIME
      Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Music by Stephen Flaherty, Neil Simon Theatre

    Distinguished Revival of a Play

    • AS YOU LIKE IT (Off-BRoadway)
      by William Shakespeare, Brooklyn Academy of Music
    • BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
      by Neil Simon, Nederlander Theatre
    • COLLECTED STORIES
      by Donald Margulies, Manhattan Theatre Club
    • THE EMPEROR JONES (Off-Broadway)
      by Eugene O'Neill, Irish Repertory Theatre
    • FENCES
      by August Wilson, Cort Theatre
    • LEND ME A TENOR
      by Ken Ludwig, Music Box Theatre
    • A LIE OF THE MIND (Off-Broadway)
      by Sam Shepard, The New Group
    • A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
      by Arthur Miller, Cort Theatre


    The Drama League also paid tribute to more than 60 of the season's best performers, all of whom were nominated for the annual Distinguished Performance Award. The winner of this year's Distinguished Performance Award is 'Red' star Alfred Molina.

    The Distinguished Performance Award
    The list of nominees:

    • Nina Arianda - Venus In Fur
    • Laura Benanti - In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play
    • Barbara Cook - Sondheim on Sondheim (B'way)
    • Daniel Craig - A Steady Rain (B'way)
    • Tyne Daly - Love, Loss and What I Wore
    • Hugh Dancy - The Pride
    • Viola Davis - Fences (B'way)
    • Brandon Victor Dixon - The Scottsboro Boys
    • Colman Domingo - A Boy and his Soul
    • Ensemble - Aftermath
    • Ensemble - Brief Encounter
    • Katie Finneran - Promises, Promises (B'way)
    • Carrie Fisher - Wishful Drinking (B'way)
    • John Gallagher, Jr. - American Idiot (B'way)
    • Victor Garber - Present Laughter (B'way)
    • Montego Glover - Memphis (B'way)
    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar - The Understudy
    • Kelsey Grammer - La Cage aux Folles (B'way)
    • David Alan Grier - Race (B'way)
    • Lance Guest - Million Dollar Quartet (B'way)
    • Jonathan Hammond - The Boys in the Band
    • Valerie Harper - Looped (B'way)
    • Sean Hayes - Promises, Promises (B'way)
    • Jessica Hecht - A View From The Bridge (B'way)
    • Jon Michael Hill - Superior Donuts (B'way)
    • Douglas Hodge - La Cage aux Folles (B'way)
    • Judith Ivey - The Glass Menagerie/The Lady With All The Answers
    • Scarlett Johansson - A View from the Bridge (B'way)
    • Marc Damon Johnson - The Brother/Sister Plays
    • Leslie Jordan - My Trip Down The Pink Carpet
    • Levi Kreis - Million Dollar Quartet (B'way)
    • Nathan Lane - The Addams Family (B'way)
    • Angela Lansbury - A Little Night Music (B'way)
    • Linda Lavin - Collected Stories (B'way)
    • Jude Law - Hamlet (B'way)
    • Laura Linney - Time Stands Still (B'way)
    • Jan Maxwell - Lend Me A Tenor/The Royal Family (B'way)
    • Marin Mazzie - Enron (B'way)
    • Alfred Molina Red (B'way)
    • Jim Norton - Finian's Rainbow (B'way)
    • Rosie O'Donnell - Love, Loss and What I Wore
    • Karine Plantadit - Come Fly Away (B'way)
    • Eddie Redmayne - Red (B'way)
    • Roslyn Ruff - Things of Dry Hours
    • Tony Shalhoub - Lend Me A Tenor (B'way)
    • Jeremy Shamos - Clybourne Park
    • Anna Deavere Smith - Let Me Down Easy
    • Bobby Steggert - Ragtime/Yank! (B'way/Off)
    • John Douglas Thompson - The Emperor Jones
    • Michael Urie - The Temperamentals
    • Tony Vincent - American Idiot (B'way)
    • Christopher Walken - A Behanding in Spokane (B'way)
    • Benjamin Walker - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
    • Denzel Washington - Fences (B'way)
    • Ben Whishaw - The Pride
    • Vanessa Williams - Sondheim on Sondheim (B'way)
    • Catherine Zeta-Jones - A Little Night Music (B'way)

    In addition, eight past recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award will be honored on this dais for their work this season. However, because an individual can only receive the Distinguished Performance Award once in his/her lifetime, they are ineligible for award consideration this year. Those past honorees include:

    • Norbert Leo Butz Fifty Words
    • Kathleen Chalfant Family Week
    • Rosemary Harris The Royal Family (B'way)
    • Hugh Jackman A Steady Rain (B'way)
    • John Lithgow Mr. and Mrs. Fitch
    • Bebe Neuwirth The Addams Family (B'way)
    • Stephen Rea Ages of the Moon
    • Liev Schreiber A View from the Bridge (B'way)

    The Drama League was founded in 1916 as an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre's premiere service organization.

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