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Drama League Awards 2016 nominations

Yesterday I attended the nominations announcement for the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards, which took place at Sardi's Restaurant. On hand to host the event were the stars of Disney's musical hit Aladdin - Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart. The winners will be announced on 20 May 2016 at the awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

The recipients of this year's special recognition awards include Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick, who will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award, Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove, who will be honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, and lastly, Deaf West Theatre, who will be awarded the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award.

2016 nominations by category are:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

  • 10 Out Of 12
  • Eclipsed
  • The Father
  • Gloria
  • HIR
  • The Humnas
  • King Charles III
  • Marjorie Prime
  • The Royale
  • Skeleton Crew

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

  • American Psycho
  • Bright Star
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Futurity
  • Hamilton
  • iOW@
  • On Your Feet!
  • School of Rock, The Musical
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Waitress

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

  • Awake and Sing!
  • Blackbird
  • Cloud Nine
  • The Crucible
  • The Gin Game
  • Long Day's Journey into Night
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Noises Off
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • A View from the Bridge

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

  • The Color Purple
  • Dames at Sea
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • She Loves Me
  • Spring Awakening

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

  • Nina Arianda, Fool for Love
  • Annaleigh Ashford, Sylvia
  • Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
  • Reed Birney, The Humans
  • Alex Brightman, School of Rock: The Musical
  • Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son
  • Kelley Curran, The Dingdong
  • Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
  • Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
  • Khris Davis, The Royale
  • Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
  • Georgia Engel, John
  • Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
  • Lynda Gravatt, Skeleton Crew
  • Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
  • Anne Hathaway, Grounded
  • Megan Hilty, Noises Off
  • Jackie Hoffman, Once Upon a Mattress
  • Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
  • Jennifer Hudson, The Color Purple
  • Marin Ireland, Ironbound
  • Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tuck Everlasting
  • Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
  • Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Judith Light, Thérèse Raquin
  • Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
  • Jessie Mueller, Waitress
  • Kristine Nielsen, Hir
  • Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed
  • Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
  • Annette O'Toole, Southern Comfort
  • Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
  • Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
  • Sam Rockwell, Fool for Love
  • Thomas Jay Ryan, 10 Out of 12
  • Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
  • Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime and John
  • Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
  • Cicely Tyson, The Gin Game
  • Michael Urie, Shows for Days
  • Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet!
  • Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
  • Nicola Walker, A View from the Bridge
  • Ben Whishaw, The Crucible
  • Michelle Williams, Blackbird

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:

  • James Earl Jones, The Gin Game
  • Patti LuPone, Shows For Days
  • Frank Langella, The Father
  • Mary-Louise Parker, Heisenberg
  • Mark Rylance, Nice Fish
  • Sam Waterston, The Tempest

Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed & James Monroe Iglehart

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