Winners of the 89th Annual Drama League Awards were announced today (Friday, May 19), beginning at noon, at the organization’s annual luncheon ceremony at The Ziegfeld Ballroom, honoring seven categories of outstanding achievements in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions that began previews between April 21, 2022-April 23, 2023.
The all-star roster of Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Ben Platt, Bebe Neuwirth, and Director Rachel Chavkin, Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles, Director Sheryl Kaller, and Charles Flateman, Executive Vice President of The Shubert Organization, presented the awards, along with Emmy Award-winning NY1 host Frank DiLella, who also hosted the ceremony.
And the winners are:
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY: Leopoldstadt;
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY: A Doll’s House;
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL: Some Like It Hot;
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;
DISTINGUISED PERFORMANCE AWARD: Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
In addition to the competitive awards, the following previously announced Special Recognition Honors were also presented:
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award: André De Shields (Tony winner; Hadestown);
The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Lear deBessonet (Encores! Artistic Director and Public Works founder);
Contribution to the Theater Award: The Drama Book Shop (Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller, and James L. Nederlander);
Gratitude Award: Darin Oduyoye (Chief Communications Officer, J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management).
Congratulations to all the recipients and honorees of these distinguished awards!