Drama League Awards: 2013 nominations

The nominations for the 2012-13 Drama League Awards were announced on Tue 23 Apr 2013 at Sardi's Restaurant by Patina Miller and Michael Urie.

The winners will be announced at the 79th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, to be held on the 17 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. The event will be hosted by David Hyde Pierce.

The nominations for the Drama League's four major production award categories are:

Outstanding Production of a B'way or Off-B'way Play:

  • The Assembled Parties (B'way)
    by Richard Greenberg
  • I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (B'way)
    by David Auburn
  • Lucky Guy (B'way)
    by Nora Ephron
  • The Nance (B'way)
    by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Old Hats (Off-B'way)
    by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
  • The Testament of Mary (B'way)
    by Colm Toibin
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (B'way)
    by Christopher Durang
  • The Whale (Off-B'way)
    by Samuel D. Hunter

Distinguished Production of a B'way or Off-B'way Musical

  • Dogfight (Off-B'way)
    Score and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
    Book by Peter Duchan
  • Here Lies Love (Off-B'way)
    Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
    Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne
  • Kinky Boots (B'way)
    Book by Harvey Fierstein
    Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
  • Matilda The Musical (B'way)
    Book by Dennis Kelly
    Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
  • Motown: The Musical (B'way)
    Book by Berry Gordy
    Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
  • Murder Ballad (Off-B'way)
    Conceived by and with Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan
    Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash
  • Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Off-B'way)
    Written and Composed by Dave Malloy

Distinguished Revival of a B'way or Off-B'way Play:

  • As You Like It (Off-B'way)
    by William Shakespeare
  • Golden Boy (B'way)
    by Clifford Odets
  • Macbeth (B'way)
    by William Shakespeare
  • The Piano Lesson (Off-B'way)
    by August Wilson
  • The Trip to Bountiful (B'way)
    By Horton Foote
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (B'way)
    By Edward Albee

Distinguished Revival of a B'way or Off-B'way Musical

  • Annie (B'way)
    Book by Thomas Meehan
    Music by Charles Strouse
    Lyrics by Martin Charnin
  • Marry Me a Little (Off-B'way)
    Conceived and Developed by Norman Rene and Craig Lucas
    Songs by Stephen Sondheim
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (B'way)
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
  • Passion (Off-B'way)
    Book by James Lapine
    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Pippin (B'way)
    Book by Roger O. Hirson
    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Cinderella (B'way)
    New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
    Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
    Music by Richard Rodgers
    Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Drama League also pays tribute to the season's best performers by including the nominees of The Distinguished Performance Award on a dais. This season's dais includes the following performers, one of whom will be honored with the Distinguished Performance Award at the awards ceremony on 18 May 2012.

The Distinguished Performance Award
The list of nominees:

  • Alec Baldwin Orphans (B'way)
  • Danny Burstein Talley's Folly
  • Bobby Cannavale The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross (B'way)
  • Bertie Carvel Matilda The Musical (B'way)
  • Tracee Chimo Bad Jews
  • Lilla Crawford Annie (B'way)
  • Alan Cumming Macbeth (B'way)
  • Brandon J. Dirden The Piano Lesson
  • Brandon Victor Dixon Motown: The Musical (B'way)
  • Jesse Eisenberg The Revisionist
  • Edie Falco The Madrid
  • America Ferrera Bethany
  • Jake Gyllenhaal If There is I Haven't Found it Yet
  • Tom Hanks Lucky Guy (B'way)
  • Jessica Hecht The Assembled Parties and Harvey (B'way)
  • Shuler Hensley The Whale
  • Bill Irwin Old Hats
  • Judith Ivey The Heiress (B'way)
  • Brian d'Arcy James Giant
  • Scarlett Johansson Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (B'way)
  • Judy Kuhn Passion
  • Nathan Lane The Nance (B'way)
  • Valisia LeKae Motown: The Musical (B'way)
  • Tracy Letts Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (B'way)
  • Judith Light The Assembled Parties (B'way)
  • Constantine Maroulis Jekyll and Hyde (B'way)
  • Andrea Martin Pippin (B'way)
  • Rob McClure Chaplin (B'way)
  • Lindsay Mendez Dogfight
  • Laurie Metcalf The Other Place (B'way)
  • Bette Midler I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (B'way)
  • Patina Miller Pippin (B'way)
  • Amy Morton Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (B'way)
  • Donna Murphy Into the Woods
  • Kristine Nielsen Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (B'way)
  • Jim Norton The Mystery of Edwin Drood (B'way)
  • Seth Numrich Golden Boy (B'way)
  • Laura Osnes Cinderella (B'way)
  • Tina Packer Women of Will
  • David Hyde Pierce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (B'way)
  • Billy Porter Kinky Boots (B'way)
  • Lily Rabe As You Like It
  • Denis O'Hare An Iliad
  • Lily Rabe Seminar (B'way)
  • Vanessa Redgrave The Revisionist
  • Chita Rivera The Mystery of Edwin Drood (B'way)
  • Paul Rudd The Piano Lesson
  • Stark Sands Kinky Boots (B'way)
  • Tony Shalhoub Golden Boy (B'way)
  • Michael Shannon Grace (B'way)
  • Fiona Shaw The Testament of Mary (B'way)
  • Ryan Silverman Passion
  • Phillipa Soo Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Tom Sturridge Orphans (B'way)
  • Holland Taylor Ann (B'way)
  • Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful (B'way)
  • Michael Urie Buyer and Cellar
  • Courtney B. Vance Lucky Guy (B'way)
  • Anthony Warlow Annie (B'way)
  • Stephen Tyrone Williams My Children! My Africa!
  • Vanessa Williams The Trip to Bountiful (B'way)

The Drama League recognizes the contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners that include:

  • Norbert Leo Butz Dead Accounts (B'way)
  • Kathleen Chalfant Red Dog Howls
  • Stockard Channing The Exonerated
  • Patti LuPone The Anarchist (B'way)
  • Bebe Neuwirth Golden Age
  • Francis Sternhagen The Madrid

In addition, The Drama League will present the following specialty awards.

  • The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award: Jerry Mitchell
  • Madison Square Garden Entertainment and The Rockettes
  • The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Jerry Mitchell

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatregoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

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