News Nuggets: The Drama League prepares for its 78th annual awards

The Drama League prepares for the 78th Annual Drama League Awards. From the press release: “The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has gathered together a team of Broadway’s best to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 78TH Annual Drama League Awards set for Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway). The team of Broadway luminaries includes Nina Arianda, Christian Borle, Norbert Leo Butz, Kathleen Chalfant, Raul Esparza, Rosemary Harris, Jeremy Jordan, Christine Lahti, Linda Lavin, Norm Lewis, Judith Light, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O’Hare and Blair Underwood … Tickets for The Drama League Awards, which includes pre-event cocktails and the star-studded afternoon luncheon ceremony hosted by Stockard Channing and John Larroquette, are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or by visiting”

Tony-winning “War Horse” could be displaced by a revival of “The King and I”: “The Post reports that National Theatre executives are considering several Broadway theatres as a possible future home for ‘War Horse.’ Tickets are on sale at the Beaumont through Oct. 14. Part of the impetus for the ‘War Horse’ move is a possible 60th anniversary revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ at the Beaumont, which has been quietly rumored by industry members the past several seasons.” PLAYBILL

The Discovery Channels curbs “Cash Cab“: “Vulture has learned exclusively that, after nearly seven years and more than 200 episodes, the cable network has decided to halt production on the Emmy–winning game show. A Discovery PR rep confirmed the demise. Hosted by Ben Bailey, ‘Cab’ tweaked the conventional quizzer format by recruiting its contestants from the ranks of unsuspecting taxi passengers … ‘Cash Cab’ beat out veterans such as ‘#Jeopardy#!’ and ‘The Price is Right‘ to win the Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show in 2008, 2009, and 2010; Bailey won for Best Host in 2010. Repeats of the show will continue to air in syndication, and it’s possible producer Lion Television could shop the show, which was based on a European format, to other cable networks.” VULTURE

A record 31 films compete at the Israeli Ophir Awards: “The films will compete for prizes in different categories, including the award for ‘Best Film,’ the winner of which will represent Israel as a nominee for best foreign film at the Oscars … Among the films competing this year are ‘Dr. Pomerantz,’ written and directed by Assi Dayan, ‘Yossi,’ directed by Eytan Fox, ‘Filling the Void’ directed by Rama Bustein, ‘Joe + Belle’ directed by Veronica Kedar, and Dover Koshashvili’s ‘Single+.'” HAARETZ

ComedianRob Riggle will host the ESPY Awards: “Many will recognize Riggle from his correspondent work alongside Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show.’ He has also flexed his comic muscles in film roles including ‘The Hangover’ (who can forget the taser scene?), ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘The Other Guys.’ What many may not know is that Riggle is also an active Marine. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has served overseas in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. ‘The ESPYS are proud to support Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” program and we’re honored to have a Marine Corps officer serve as this year’s host,’ said ESPN’s EVP of Programming and Acquisitions, Norby Williamson.” ESPN FRONT ROW

Zac Brown Band defies Grammy’s dreaded Best New Artist curse: “Eight months after becoming the fourth country artist to win the cross-genre prize at the 2010 Grammys, the Atlanta-based group released its second major-label album, ‘You Get What You Give,’ which has since notched four No. 1 hits, including the Alan Jackson duet ‘As She’s Walking Away‘ and the Jimmy Buffett collaboration ‘Knee Deep’ … ‘It’s been good. I think I would attribute that to the fact that we weren’t really new even when we won that award, which it was great to win that. That was an amazing night, and that propelled us to a new level,’ said Zac Brown Band fiddler Jimmy De Martini.” BAM’S BLOG

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