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 my 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 presents three special honors each year: Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater, Unique Contribution to the Theater, and the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
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The 2014 Drama League Awards were held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. Nomintations were announced on Wednesday April 23, 2014. For questions about the event, please call (212) 244-9494.
2014 Special Award Recipients
Barbara Cook (For Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre) is the recipient of a 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, and received rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim on Sondheim, which marked her return to the Broadway stage after an absence of 23 years. Ms. Cook most recently celebrated her 85th birthday with her seventh solo concert at Carnegie Hall and the release of her newest cd, Loverman. Other notable recent appearances include three sold-out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, a series of critically acclaimed new shows at New York’s Feinstein’s at the Regency and an historic solo concert debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, where she became the first female solo pop singer to be presented in concert by the MET. Ms. Cook won a NY Drama Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her concert Barbara Cook’s Broadway and was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her previous concert, Mostly Sondheim. A leading star of the Broadway stage during the ’50 and ’60, her many credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Tony Award) and Amalia in Bock and Harnick’s She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). In 1975 she made her Carnegie Hall debut and embarked on a second career as a concert and recording artist performing to critical acclaim in most of the country’s major concert halls and cabarets throughout the United States as well as internationally. A Grammy Award winner, her many recordings for DRG Records include: Barbara Cook: Live From London, Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein, All I Ask Of You, The Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion, Mostly Sondheim, Barbara Cook’s Broadway, the Grammy nominated Count Your Blessings, Tribute, the live performance cd, Barbara Cook at the Met, No One Is Alone and Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder, the boxed set The Essential Barbara Cook and Cheek to Cheek, and the live performance cd of her recent concert with Michael Feinstein at Feinstein’s at the Regency and You Make Me Feel So Young.
John Tiffany (For the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing) is an Associate Director of the Royal Court in London. His recent credits include The Pass for the Royal Court and Let the Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which moved to the Royal Court in December 2013. Let The Right One In recently won the South Bank Show Sky Arts Award for Theatre. Other credits include The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Broadway, Once (New York Theater Workshop, Broadway, US tour and the West End) which won eight Tony Awards including Best Direction of a Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical and an Obie Award. His work for the National Theatre of Scotland, where he was a founding Associate Director, includes Macbeth (also Lincoln Center Festival and Broadway), Enquirer (co-directed with Vicky Featherstone), The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae and Black Watch which went on to tour internationally for seven years and for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, as well as a Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director and the South Bank Show Award for Theatre. John Tiffany trained at Glasgow University gaining an MA in Theatre and Classics. He has worked as a Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre, an Associate Director at Paines Plough and he was a founding Associate Director for the National Theatre of Scotland. During 2010-11 John was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.
Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America: John Gore (For Unique Contribution to the Theatre) is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of theater producer and owner John Gore, its family of companies includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, Group Sales Box Office, BroadwayBox.com and Broadway Classroom. Its productions span Broadway, Off Broadway, London's West End, Japan, Canada and 40 domestic markets.