2017 Drama League Awards: Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Ben Platt beat out dozens of other nominees to snag the 2017 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance,  at 23 the youngest winner in the League’s 83-year history. “Dear Evan Hansen,” the musical in which Platt stars, received the award for outstanding production of a musical.  Dear Evan Hansen’s director, Michael Greif, received the League’s non-competitive award in directing.

When receiving the award at a ceremony this afternoon, Platt called it “a big fire under my butt!”


Outstanding production of a musical: Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding production of a play: Oslo

Outstanding revival of a musical: Hello, Dolly

Outstanding revival of a play: Jitney

Distinguished performance award: Ben Platt

Non-competitive Awards:

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre: Bette Midler

Unique Contribution to the Theatre: Bill Berloni

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Michael Greif


2017 Drama League nominations

Guide to 2017 Theater Awards


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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