The 86th Annual
Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
Save the Date!
Friday, May 15, 2020
Marriott Marquis Times Square
New York City
11:30am - 3:00pm
Tickets to go on sale this spring
Mark your calendar! The Drama League Awards will celebrate the 2019-20 theater season of Broadway and off-Broadway productions on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway at 46th Street) in New York City beginning at 11:30am.
Each year at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, five competitive awards and three special honors are presented. For a complete list of productions and performers that have won these awards so far in the event’s history, as well as all of our past honorees, click here.
Nominees for the five competitive categories will be announced in April 2020. These categories of distinction are Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the highly coveted Distinguished Performance Award.
The special honors will be presented to three theater luminaries at the Award Luncheon, to be announced in the coming months. The honors are The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, the award for Unique Contribution to the Theater, and the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater.
ABOUT THE DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
First presented 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. League members include 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.
For questions about the event or to become a voting member, please call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2019 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
The 85th Annual Drama League Awards was another wonderful celebration of both Broadway and off-Broadway theater! The event, which took place on May 17, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, was host to over 600 guests, among them fantastic artists, producers, creative teams, and theater-lovers. Check out photos and posts from this year’s Awards Luncheon on our Facebook page!
Three theater luminaries were honored: Kelli O’Hara, who received the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater; Taylor Mac, who received the award for Unique Contribution to the Theater; and Alex Timbers, who received The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing; which was presented to him by special guest John Mulaney. Learn more about these three exciting artists and why we are thrilled to honor them below!
The event culminated with the big reveal of the winners in the five competitive categories. Nominees for each category were
announced on April 17th, 2019 – a list of all productions and performers nominated can be found here. The 2019 Drama League Award winners were:
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
THE WAVERLY GALLERY
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
KISS ME, KATE
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
The full list of Drama League Award winners and honorees in the event’s entire history, of whom the above shows and artists will now join the ranks, is available here.
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