2023 Drama League Awards: Leopoldstadt, Some Like It Hot, Annaleigh Ashford

“Leopoldstadt” was voted outstanding play and “Some Like It Hot” outstanding musical at the 89th annual Drama League Awards, which were announced today at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.  Annaleigh Ashford won the distinguished performance award.

Don’t know the difference between the awards of the Drama League and the Drama Desk and the New York Drama Critics Circle? Read my New York Theater Awards 2023 Calendar and Guide

Click here for list of 2023 Drama League Award nominations, from which the awardees were chosen.

Complete list of winners:

Distinguished Performance Award
Annaleigh Ashford

Outstanding Production of a Play

Outstanding Production of a Musical 
Some Like It Hot

Outstanding Revival of a Play
A Doll’s House  

Outstanding Revival of a Musical 
Into The Woods

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Anne Kauffman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Lear deBessonet, Into the Woods

Special Recognition Honorees

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award: André De Shields

Contribution to the Theater Award: The Drama Book Shop (owners Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller, and James L. Nederlander )

The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Lear deBessonet

Gratitude Award: Darin Oduyoye, JP Morgan Chase CCO, for his work on the board of Beyond the Stage Door, a comprehensive educational program dedicated to guiding students from diverse backgrounds into theater management careers.

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded. 

Danny Burstein, Pictures From Home

Norbert Leo Butz, Cornelia Street

Kathleen Chalfant, The Year of Magical Thinking

Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Nathan Lane, Pictures From Home

Audra McDonald, Ohio State Murders

Bebe Neuwirth, The Bedwetter

Ben Platt, Parade

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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