Drama League: Kathleen Turner to host ceremony

Kathleen Turner, who is to star on Broadway in High will serve as host for The 77th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at 12pm (noon) on 20 May 2011 at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.

The nominations will be announced on 25 Apr 2011 at Sardi's Restaurant.

The Drama League Awards pays tribute to the season's best performers by including the nominees of The Distinguished Performance Award on a dais. The 77th Annual Drama League Awards dais will feature more than 50 stars from the 2010-11 Broadway and Off-Broadway season.

In addition to The Distinguished Performance Award, The Drama League's 3,000 members vote on four other annual competitive awards: Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Revival of a Musical.

Last season, Drama League Awards were presented to Alfred Molina (Distinguished Performance), Red (Distinguished Production of a Play), Sondheim on Sondheim (Distinguished Production of a Musical), A View from the Bridge (Distinguished Revival of a Play) and La Cage aux Folles (Distinguished Revival of a Musical).

The first Drama League Award was presented to actress Katharine Cornell in 1935, making it the oldest national theatre honor, predating the Tony Awards by twelve years, as well as the first audience-selected award for distinguished performance in a theatrical production.

Throughout the past 75 years, the Distinguished Performance Award has been accorded to a roster of theatre legends such as Rosemary Harris, Christopher Plummer, Sir Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones, John Lithgow, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Bebe Neuwirth, Cherry Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Liam Neeson, Harvey Fierstein, Norbert Leo Butz, Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone and Geoffrey Rushamong others.

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.

Kathleen Turner

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