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Drama Legue 2006 nominarions

The Drama League have announced the nominations for the 2005-06 Drama League Awards, to be awarded at the 72nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on the 5 May at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. The event will be hosted by Alan Cumming.

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

Distinguished Production of a Musical:

  • The Color Purple
  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • Grey Gardens
  • Jersey Boys
  • [title of show]
  • See What I Wanna See
  • The Wedding Singer

Distinguished Production of a Play

  • Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams by Terrence McNally
  • History Boys by Alan Bennett
  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh
  • Stuff Happens by David Hare
  • Measure for Pleasure by David Grimm
  • Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • The Ruby Sunrise by Rinne Groff
  • Spirit by Improbable Theatre Group

Distinguished Revival of a Musical:

  • Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
  • The Pajama Game
  • Sweeney Todd
  • The Threepenny Opera
  • Two Gentleman of Verona

Distinguished Revival of a Play

  • All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
  • Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets
  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial by Herman Wouk
  • Celebration and the Room by Harold Pinter
  • Faith Healer by Brian Friel
  • Landscape of the Body by John Guare
  • A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller
  • Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
  • The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote

Three of this season's late-entry Broadway productions � 'Hot Feet', 'Shining City' and 'Tarzan' � will be considered eligible for Drama League Awards next season. Additionally, this season's Broadway productions of 'Bridge and Tunnel' and' Well' were previously honored by the Drama League in their earlier Off-Broadway incarnations.

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 74-member dais includes the following performers, one of whom will be honored with the Distinguished Performance Award.

The list of nominees:

The Distinguished Performance Award

  • Patti Allison (Fanny Hill)
  • Brian Bedford (As You Like It)
  • Kate Burton (The Constant Wife)
  • Carolee Carmello (Lestat)
  • Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd)
  • Staceyann Chin (Border/Clash)
  • Harry Connick Jr. (The Pajama Game)
  • Alan Cumming (The Threepenny Opera)
  • Michael Cumpsty (Hamlet)
  • Jim Dale (The Threepenny Opera)
  • Christopher Denham (Red Light Winter)
  • Taye Diggs (A Soldier's Play)
  • Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens)
  • Carson Elrod (Based on a Totally True Story)
  • Felicia Fields (The Color Purple)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Faith Healer)
  • Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer)
  • Sutton Foster (The Drowsy Chaperone)
  • Maria Friedman (The Woman in White)
  • Domnhall Gleeson (The Lieutenant of Inishmore)
  • John Glove (The Paris Letter)
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  • Richard Griffiths (The History Boys)
  • Danai Gurira (In the Continuum)
  • Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys)
  • Jack Holmes (RFK)
  • Dana Ivey (Mrs. Warren's Profession)
  • Peter Francis James (Stuff Happens)
  • LaChanze (The Color Purple)
  • Nathan Lane (Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams; The Odd Couple)
  • Cyndi Lauper (The Threepeny Opera)
  • Megan Lawrence (The Pajama Game)
  • Norm Lewis (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  • Patti LuPone (Sweeney Todd)
  • Stephen Lynch (The Wedding Singer)
  • Anthony Mackie (A Soldier's Play)
  • Gay Marshall (Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris)
  • Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone)
  • Ian McDiarmid (Faith Healer)
  • Idina Menzel (See What I Wanna See)
  • S. Epatha Merkerson (Birdie Blue)
  • Janet Metz (Bingo: The Musical)
  • Debra Monk (Show People)
  • Euan Morton (Measure For Pleasure)
  • Tom Nelis (Score)
  • Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole)
  • Denis O'Hare (Sweet Charity)
  • Jon Peterson (George M. Cohan Tonight!)
  • Chita Rivera (Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life)
  • Julia Roberts (Three Days of Rain)
  • Paul Rudd (Three Days of Rain)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Awake And Sing!)
  • Nikkole Salter (In the Continuum)
  • David Schwimmer (The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial)
  • Sherie Rene Scott (Landscape of the Body)
  • Marian Seldes (Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams)
  • Sir Antony Sher (Primo)
  • John Slattery (Rabbit Hole)
  • Lois Smith (The Trip to Bountiful)
  • Michael Stuhlbarg (Measure for Pleasure)
  • Mary Testa (See What I Wanna See)
  • Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed)
  • Dianne Wiest (Memory House; Third)
  • David Wilmot (The Lieutenant of Inishmore)
  • Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens)
  • Michael Winther (Songs From an Unmade Bed)
  • John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys)
  • Ensemble (History Boys)
  • Ensemble (Stuff Happens)
  • Ensemble ([title of show])

In addition, The Drama League will present three annual specialty awards.

  • Theater composer Stephen Sondheim will be on-hand to present the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award to Patti LuPone. Ms. LuPone is currently appearing as Mrs. Lovett in the Broadway revival of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
  • Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Aaron Sorkin will present the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing to Des McAnuff. McAnuff is currently represented on Broadway with the musical Jersey Boys.
  • Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally will present the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award to Marian Seldes. Ms. Seldes appeared in McNally's Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages earlier this season.

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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