“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.
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Click here for list of 2023 Drama League Award nominations, from which the awardees were chosen.
Complete list of winners:
Distinguished Performance Award
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