First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatrical awards chosen by the ENTIRE theatre community – specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and off-Broadway productions. The membership includes award-winning actors, designers, directors, playwrights, producers, industry veterans, critics and dedicated audiences from across the nation.
At the height of the theatrical season each May, The Drama League Awards are presented in a star-studded luncheon ceremony. Lauded as “a wonderful, notoriously swanky affair” by Playbill and as “the best party on Broadway” by John Lithgow, the Awards Luncheon is considered by many to be the most intimate and friendly event of the awards season.
The Drama League presents five competitive awards: Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the Distinguished Performance Award. For a list of previous winners, click here. Additionally, The Drama League will honor three outstanding theatre luminaries at this year’s ceremony. The 2015 recipients are as follows: Tony® and Academy® Award winner, Joel Grey (Cabaret, Chicago, Wicked) will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; WNET: Neal Shapiro and David Horn will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award; and Tony® Award-winner Stephen Daldry (The Audience, Skylight, Billy Elliot) will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
The 81st Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony will be held held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City beginning at 12:00pm. Click Here to purchase tickets to the 81st Annual Drama League Awards! The ceremony will be hosted by Hand To God star, Steven Boyer, and special guest, Tyrone. Production awards will be presented by Zachary Quinto and Distinguished Performance Awards will be presented by last year's winner, Neil Patrick Harris.
A month-long celebration begins with the 2015 eligibility cut-off date on Sunday, April 19, 2015, followed by the Nominee Announcement on Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street) for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The Nominee Announcement Ceremony will be hosted by National Life Group, a longstanding Drama League partner and supporter of the arts. Since 1848, National Life Group has worked hard to live its corporate values of do good, be good, and make good by offering financial solutions to those it serves. Tickets to the private Nomination Announcement are available to Drama League Patron Members and above by calling (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101. To become a Patron member, click here.
The 2015 Drama League Awards Sponsors are GenSpring Family Offices, National Life Group, M.A.C Cosmetics (The Official Makeup Partner of The Drama League), and Delta Air Lines (The Official Airline of The Drama League).
For questions about the event, please call (212) 244-9494.