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Award History


     

Below is a list of all past winners of the Drama League Awards, in the following categories:


Hal Luftig, Daryl Roth and Diane Paulus at the 2013 Awards Luncheon. Photo: Richard Termine

  

 

Distinguished Performance Award 

Originally known as the Delia Austrian Medal, the Distinguished Performance Award is the oldest and most exclusive theatrical honor in North America. First presented to Katharine Cornell in 1935 (for Romeo and Juliet), the award is bestowed each season on a single performer from over sixty nominated performances from Broadway and Off-Broadway. 

2018

 Glenda Jackson

2017

 Ben Platt

2016

 Lin-Manuel Miranda

2015

 Chita Rivera

2014

 Neil Patrick Harris 

2013

 Nathan Lane

2012

 Audra McDonald

2011

 Mark Rylance

2010

 Alfred Molina

2009

 Geoffrey Rush

2008

 Patti LuPone

2007

 Liev Schreiber

2006

 Christine Ebersole

2005

 Norbert Leo Butz

2004

 Hugh Jackman

2003

 Harvey Fierstein

2002

 Liam Neeson

2001

 Mary-Louise Parker and Gary Sinise

2000

 Eileen Heckart

1999

 Kathleen Chalfant

1998

 Brian Stokes Mitchell

1997

 Charles Durning and Bebe Neuwirth

1996

 Uta Hagen

1995

 Cherry Jones

1994

 Sam Waterston

1993

 Stephen Rea

1992

 Glenn Close

1991

 Stockard Channing

1990

 Robert Morse

1989

 Pauline Collins

1988

 John Lithgow

1987

 James Earl Jones

1986

 Bernadette Peters

1985

 Sir Derek Jacobi

1984

 Jeremy Irons

1983

 Kate Nelligan and Edward Hermann

1982

 Milo O'Shea

1981

 Sir Ian McKellen

1980

 Roy Scheider

1979

 Frances Sternhagen

1978

 Frank Langella

1977

 Tom Courtenay

1976

 Eva Le Gallienne

1975

 John Wood

1974

 Christopher Plummer

1973

 Sir Alan Bates

1972

 Dame Eileen Atkins and Claire Bloom

1971

 Sir Anthony Quayle

1970

 James Stewart

1969

 Alec McCowen

1968

 Zoe Caldwell

1967

 Rosemary Harris

1966

 Richard Kiley

1965

 Sir John Gielgud

1964

 Sir Alec Guinness

1963

 Charles Boyer

1962

 Paul Scofield

1961

 Hume Cronyn

1960

 Jessica Tandy

1959

 Cyril Ritchard

1958

 Ralph Bellamy

1957

 Eli Wallach

1956

 David Wayne

1955

 Viveca Lindfors

1954

 Josephine Hull

1953

 Shirley Booth

1952

 Julie Harris

1951

 Claude Rains

1950

 Grace George

1949

 Robert Morley

1948

 Dame Judith Anderson

1947

 Ingrid Bergman

1946

 Louis Calhern

1945

 Mady Christians

1944

 Lynn Fontanne

1943

 Alfred Lunt

1942

 Judith Evelyn

1941

 Paul Lukas

1940

 Paul Muni

1939

 Raymond Massey

1938

 Sir Cedric Hardwicke

1937

 Maurice Evans

1936

 Helen Hayes

1935

 Katharine Cornell

 

 

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Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

In 2000, the Drama League intensified its educational focus on the art and craft of theatrical direction, creating a new award to honor the best practitioners of the field.  The honorees, selected from all directors working on and off-Broadway during the season, represent the highest stadard of achievement in the field.  

2018

 Casey Nicholaw

2017

 Michael Greif

2016

 Ivo van Hove

2015

 Stephen Daldry

2014

 John Tiffany

2013

 Jerry Mitchell

2012

 Diane Paulus

2011

 Susan Stroman

2010

 Kenny Leon

2009

 Arthur Laurents

2008

 Bartlett Sher

2007

 Michael Mayer

2006

 Des McAnuff

2005

 Mike Nichols

2004

 George C. Wolfe

2003

 Joe Mantello

2002

 Sir Richard Eyre

2001

 Jack O'Brien

2000

 Daniel Sullivan

 

 

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Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre

First bestowed in 1985, the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre recognizes performers, composers, lyricists, choreographers, and directors whose careers have defined the utmost standard of excellence in musicals. 

2018

 Idina Menzal

2017

 Bette Midler

2016

 Sheldon Harnick

2015

 Joel Grey

2014

 Barbara Cook 

2013

 Bernadette Peters

2012

 Alan Menken

2011

 Liza Minnelli

2010

 Nathan Lane

2009

 Sir Elton John

2008

 Paul Gemignani

2007

 John Kander and Fred Ebb

2006

 Patti LuPone

2005

 The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop

2004

 Donna Murphy

2003

 Twyla Tharp

2002

 Elaine Stritch

2001

 Susan Stroman

2000

 Audra McDonald

1999

 Ann Reinking and Gwen Verdon

1998

 Julie Taymor

1997

 Gerard Alessandrini

1996

 George C. Wolfe

1995

 Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

1994

 George Abbott

1993

 Chita Rivera

1992

 Agnes de Mille

1991

 Stephen Sondheim

1990

 Tommy Tune

1989

 Mandy Patinkin

1988

 Michael Crawford

1987

 Robert Lindsay

1986

 Bob Fosse

1985

 Yul Brynner

 

 

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Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award

First bestowed in 1982, the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award recognizes singular achievement by individuals, organizations, or partnerships that have made an indelible impact upon professional theatre in New York City. 

2018

 The National Endowment for the Arts

2017

 William Berloni

2016

 Deaf West Theatre

2015

 WNET: Neal Shapiro and David Horn

2014

 Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America: John Gore

2013

 Madison Square Garden Entertainment & The Rockettes

2012

 Rosie O'Donnell

2011

 Whoopi Goldberg

2010

 Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group

2009

 Dame Angela Lansbury

2008

 La MaMa ETC: Ellen Stewart

2007

 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

2006

 Marian Seldes

2005

 The Billy Rose Collection

2004

 City Center Encores!

2003

 Roundabout Theatre Company: Todd Haimes

2002

 Julia Hansen

2001

 Steppenwolf Theatre Company: Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise

2000

 Actors Theatre of Louisville: Jon Jory

1999

 Sir David Hare

1998

 The Brooklyn Academy of Music: Harvey Lichtenstein

1997

 Jason Robards

1996

 The 42nd Street Development Project; The New 42nd Street; The Walt Disney Company, Inc; Livent, Inc.

1995

 Manhattan Theatre Club: Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove

1994

 Arthur Miller

1993

 Lucille Lortel

1992

 Playwrights Horizons

1991

 Neil Simon

1990

 Sir Rex Harrison

1989

 New York Shakespeare Festival: Joseph Papp

1988

 Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre: Lloyd Richards

1987

 Jose Quintero

1986

 Athol Fugard

1985

 The Royal Shakespeare Company: Terry Hands

1984

 Al Hirschfeld

1983

 Young Playwrights Festival: Stephen Sondheim

1982

 New York Production of Nicholas Nickelby: Bernard Jacobs, Gerald Schoenfeld, James M. Nederlander, Elizabeth I. McCann, Nelle Nugent

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Outstanding Production of a Play

2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2

2017

Oslo

2016

The Humans

2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

2014

All The Way 

2013

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

2012

Other Desert Cities

2011

War Horse

2010

Red

2009

God of Carnage

2008

August: Osage County 

2007

The Coast of Utopia

2006

The History Boys

2005

Doubt

2004

I Am My Own Wife

2003

Take Me Out

2002

Metamorphoses

2001

Proof

2000

Copenhagen

1999

Wit

1998

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

1997

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

1996

Seven Guitars

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Outstanding Production of a Musical 

2018

The Band's Visit

2017

Dear Evan Hansen

2016

Hamilton

2015

An American In Paris

2014

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder 

2013

Kinky Boots

2012

Once

2011

The Book of Mormon

2010

Sondheim on Sondheim

2009

Billy Elliot

2008

A Catered Affair

2007

Spring Awakening

2006

Jersey Boys

2005

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

2004

Wicked

2003

Hairspray

2002

Urinetown

2001

The Producers

2000

Contact

1999

Fosse

1998

Ragtime

1997

The Life

1996

Rent

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Outstanding Revival 

2018

Musical: My Fair Lady
Play: Angels In America

2017

Musical: Hello, Dolly!
Play: Jitney

2016

Musical: The Color Purple
Play: A View From The Bridge

2015

Musical: The King and I
Play: You Can't Take It With You 

2014

Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Play: The Glass
Menagerie 

2013

Musical: Pippin 
Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

2012

Musical: Follies
Play: Death of a Salesman

2011

Musical: Anything Goes
Play: The Normal Heart

2010

Musical: La Cage Aux Folles
Play: A View From The Bridge

2009

Musical: Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Play: Blithe Spirit 

2008

Musical: South Pacific
Play: Macbeth 

2007

Musical: Company
Play: Journey's End

2006

Musical: Sweeney Todd
Play: Awake and Sing!

2005

Musical: La Cage Aux Folles
Play: Twelve Angry Men

2004

Musical: Assassins
Play: Henry IV

2003

A Day In The Death of Joe Egg

2002

The Crucible

2001

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

2000

Kiss Me, Kate

1999

Death of a Salesman

1998

Cabaret

1997

Chicago

1996

A Delicate Balance

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