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    The nominations for the 2020 Drama League Awards will be announced on April 16, with the ceremony to be held on May 15. http://www.playbill.com/article/date-set-for-86th-annual-drama-league-awards-ceremony

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    This year’s nominations will be announced by Beetlejuice stars Alex Brightman and Leslie Kritzer on April 16th.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Alex-Brightman-And-Leslie-Rodriguez-Kritzer-Will-Announce-2020-Drama-League-Award-Nominees-On-April-16-20200311

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    It’ll be interesting to see who wins Distinguished Performance this year.

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    The Drama League Awards are re-envisioning themselves this year as The Gratitude Awards, which will be a digital fundraiser to recognize acts of heroism in the theater community. Nomination and dates will be announced in the coming weeks, while the traditional awards will move forward sometime once the pandemic dies down. https://www.playbill.com/article/the-drama-league-re-envisions-ceremony-with-2020-gratitude-awards

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    The Gratitude Awards nominations will be announced on April 23, with the winners being announced on April 30. During the ceremony, Alex Brightman and Leslie Kritzer will announce the official Drama League nominations. All shows that premiered during the 2019-2020 season up until March 11 will be eligible for consideration.

    In terms of special awards, Marianne Elliott will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, while Terrence McNally will posthumously receive the Unique Contribution to Theatre Award. https://www.playbill.com/article/2020-gratitude-awards-date-set-beetlejuice-stars-to-reveal-drama-league-award-nominees-during-ceremony

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    The nominators and nominees for the Gratitude Awards have been revealed (nominators are highlighted in bold):

    Kristin Chenoweth: Rosie O’Donnell

    Marianne Elliott: Company associate director Gina Rattan

    Megan Hilty: Tony winner Idina Menzel

    Nathan Lane: Ken Brown, Lane’s dresser since 1992

    Kelli O’Hara: Director Scott Ellis

    Idina Menzel: Joby Horrigan, her longtime dresser

    Condola Rashad: Press agent and producer Irene Gandy

    Elizabeth Stanley: Jagged Little Pill dresser Dyanna Hallick

    Aaron Tveit: Scotty Cain, Tveit’s dresser at Moulin Rouge!

    Adrienne Warren: Cate Goetschius, Warren’s dresser of nearly 10 years

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    And the nominees are…

    Outstanding Production of a Play:
    Cambodian Rock Band
    Directed by Chay Yew
    Written by Lauren Yee
    Signature Theatre Company

    Dana H.
    Directed by Les Waters
    Written by Lucas Hnath
    Vineyard Theatre

    Grand Horizons
    Directed by Leigh Silverman
    Written by Bess Wohl
    Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater

    The Hot Wing King
    Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
    Written by Katori Hall
    Signature Theatre Company

    The Inheritance
    Directed by Stephen Daldry
    Written by Matthew Lopez
    Barrymore Theatre

    The Michaels
    Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
    Public Theater

    Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
    Directed by Trip Cullman
    Written by Halley Feiffer
    MCC Theater

    One in Two
    Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
    Written by Donja R. Love
    The New Group

    Sea Wall/A Life
    Directed by Carrie Cracknell
    Written by Simon Stephens/Nick Payne
    Hudson Theater

    Seared
    Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
    Written by Theresa Rebeck
    MCC Theater

    Slave Play
    Directed by Robert O’Hara
    Written by Jeremy O. Harris
    New York Theatre Workshop/John Golden Theatre

    Stew
    Directed by Colette Robert
    Written by Zora Howard Page 73

    Outstanding Production of a Musical:
    Girl from the North Country
    Directed by Conor McPherson
    Book by Conor McPherson
    Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
    Belasco Theatre

    Jagged Little Pill
    Directed by Diane Paulus
    Book by Diablo Cody
    Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard
    Lyrics by Alanis Morissette
    Broadhurst Theatre

    Moulin Rouge!
    Directed by Alex Timbers
    Book by John Logan
    Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
    Al Hirschfeld Theatre

    Octet
    Directed by Annie Tippe
    Written by Dave Malloy
    Signature Theatre Company

    The Secret Life of Bees
    Directed by Sam Gold
    Book by Lynn Nottage
    Music by Duncan Sheik
    Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
    Atlantic Theater Company

    Sing Street
    Directed by Rebecca Taichman
    Book by Enda Walsh
    Music and Lyrics by Gary Clark and John Carney
    New York Theatre Workshop

    Six
    Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
    Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
    Brooks Atkinson Theatre

    Soft Power
    Directed by Leigh Silverman
    Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang,
    Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
    Public Theater

    A Strange Loop
    Directed by Stephen Brackett
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
    Playwrights Horizons

    Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
    Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
    Book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins,
    Music by Various Artists
    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

    Outstanding Revival of a Play:
    Betrayal
    Directed by Jamie Lloyd
    Written by Harold Pinter
    Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

    for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
    Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
    Written by Ntozake Shange
    Public Theater

    Fires in the Mirror
    Directed by Saheem Ali
    Written by Anna Deavere Smith
    Signature Theatre Company

    Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
    Directed by Arin Arbus
    Written by Terrence McNally
    Broadhurst Theatre

    Judgment Day
    Directed by Richard Jones
    Written by Ödön von Horváth
    Adapted by Christopher Shinn
    Park Avenue Armory

    Medea
    Directed by Simon Stone
    Written by Simon Stone after Euripides
    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Native Son
    Directed by Seret Scott
    Written by Nambi E. Kelley
    Based on the novel by Richard Wright
    The Acting Company

    The Rose Tattoo
    Directed by Trip Cullman
    Written by Tennessee Williams
    Roundabout Theatre Company

    A Soldier’s Play
    Directed by Kenny Leon
    Written by Charles Fuller
    Roundabout Theatre Company

    The Woman in Black
    Directed by Robin Herford
    Written by Stephen Mallatratt
    Based on the novel by Susan Hill
    The McKittrick Hotel

    Outstanding Revival of a Musical:
    Enter Laughing
    Directed by Stuart Ross
    Book by Joseph Stein
    Music and Lyrics by Stan Daniels
    York Theatre Company

    Little Shop of Horrors
    Directed by Michael Mayer
    Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
    Music by Alan Menken
    Westside Theatre

    Rock of Ages
    Directed by Kristin Hanggi
    Book by Chris D’Arienzo
    Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
    New World Stages

    The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    Directed by Kathleen Marshall
    Book and New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
    Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
    The Transport Group

    West Side Story
    Directed by Ivo van Hove
    Book by Arthur Laurents
    Music by Leonard Bernstein
    Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
    The Broadway Theatre

    Distinguished Performance Award:
    David Acton-The Woman in Black
    Jeffrey Bean-Dublin Carol
    Ato Blankson-Wood-The Rolling Stone and Slave Play
    Christian Borle-Little Shop of Horrors
    Danielle Brooks-Much Ado About Nothing
    Danny Burstein-Moulin Rouge!
    Rose Byrne-Medea
    Len Cariou-Harry Townsend’s Last Stand
    Patrice Johnson Chevannes-runboyrun & In Old Age
    Liza Colón-Zayas-Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven Kate del Castillo, the way she spoke
    Edmund Donovan-Greater Clements
    Raúl Esparza-Seared
    Francesca Faridany-The Half-Life of Marie Curie
    Halley Feiffer-The Pain of My Belligerence
    Danyel Fulton-Broadbend, Arkansas
    Annie Golden-Broadway Bounty Hunter
    Donnetta Lavinia Grays-Where We Stand
    David Alan Grier-A Soldier’s Play
    Jonathan Groff-Little Shop of Horrors
    Jake Gyllenhaal-Sea Wall/A Life
    Tom Hiddleston-Betrayal
    Paul Hilton-The Inheritance
    Kathryn Hunter-Timon of Athens
    Galen Ryan Kane-Native Son
    Brittney Mack-Six
    April Matthis-Toni Stone
    Susannah Millonzi-The Crucible
    Kate Mulgrew-The Half-Life of Marie Curie
    Joe Ngo-Cambodian Rock Band
    Deirdre O’Connell-Dana H.
    Brenock O’Connor-Sing Street
    Okwui Okpokwasili-for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
    Karen Olivo-Moulin Rouge!
    Larry Owens-A Strange Loop
    Lauren Patten-Jagged Little Pill
    Chris Perfetti-Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
    Ben Porter-The Woman in Black
    Isaac Powell-West Side Story
    Jonathan Pryce-The Height of the Storm
    Elizabeth Rodriguez-Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
    Michael Shannon-Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
    Tom Sturridge-Sea Wall/A Life
    Marisa Tomei-The Rose Tattoo
    Blair Underwood-A Soldier’s Play
    Michael Urie-Grand Horizons
    Adrienne Warren-Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
    Michael Benjamin Washington-Fires in the Mirror
    Portia-Stew

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Drama-League-Announces-2020-Nominations-20200430

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    Honorable mentions also to the people who can’t technically be nominated because they’ve already won the Distinguished Performance Award before, which include:

    Harvey Fierstein-Bella Bella
    Mary-Louise Parker-The Sound Inside
    Audra McDonald-Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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    This is an audience voted award so it really depends on how much they have seen and were able to get to before the shutdown.

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    And the winners are…

    Distinguished Performance Award:
    Danny Burstein-Moulin Rouge!

    Outstanding Revival of a Play:
    A Soldier’s Play

    Outstanding Revival of a Musical:
    Little Shop of Horrors

    Outstanding Production of a Play:
    The Inheritance

    Outstanding Production of a Musical:
    Moulin Rouge!

    Founders Award for Excellence in Directing:
    Marianne Elliott

    Unique Contribution to the Theatre:
    Terrence McNally

    Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre:
    James Lapine

    I wonder how different this list would’ve been had the coronavirus/Broadway shutdown not happen.

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    I love Danny Burstein, but this has to be one of the weakest ever Distinguished Performance winners. Several others would have been much more worthy.

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    I wonder if that piece he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter about how he managed to recover from the coronavirus played into his win. It’d be kind of similar to how Elizabeth Taylor (in)famously won the Best Actress Oscar in 1960 for Butterfield 8 as sentiment for all the trouble she went through during the making of that movie as well as how she was hospitalized with pneumonia during Oscar season. Shirley MacLaine, who was expected to win for The Apartment, joked in response “I lost to a tracheotomy.”

    I think had the 2019-20 Broadway season continued, Sharon D. Clarke, Rob McClure, or Laurie Metcalf would’ve been very competitive for the win.

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    I wonder if that piece he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter about how he managed to recover from the coronavirus played into his win. It’d be kind of similar to how Elizabeth Taylor (in)famously won the Best Actress Oscar in 1960 for Butterfield 8 as sentiment for all the trouble she went through during the making of that movie as well as how she was hospitalized with pneumonia during Oscar season. Shirley MacLaine, who was expected to win for The Apartment, joked in response “I lost to a tracheotomy.”

    Not only that, but I imagine he must have also gotten some sympathy votes for the fact that his wife, Rebecca Luker, is now fighting ALS. It’ll be interesting to see if he finally wins a Tony when the new date for the ceremony is announced.

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    Though what I am actually wondering is if Rebecca Luker will end up receiving a special Tony Award similar to how Marin Mazzie did last year (albeit, posthumously) for her legacy of leadership and advocacy as she battled ovarian cancer.

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    I was 100% right about my post from May 2, “This is an audience voted award so it really depends on how much they have seen and were able to get to before the shutdown.”

    Since this is an audience-voted award, the most watched show was obviously Moulin Rouge. If Six had been able to open and have a Broadway run instead of just having previews, I think it would’ve won. Same with The Lehman Trilogy which would have taken play. When A Strange Loop gets a Broadway run it will win Musical (which could be in 2 years).

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