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2022 Drama League Award Winners Announced; Sutton Foster Earns Distinguished Performance Award

May 20th, 2022 | By Caitlin Moynihan

The Drama League announced the winners of the 2022 Drama League Awards on May 20. The in-person ceremony took place at the Ziegfield Ballroom and was hosted by Frank DiLella. Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, Ben Vereen Shoshana Bean, Gabby Beans and Lear deBessonet presented awards. Foster won the Distinguished Performance Award for her work in The Music Man<em>; the well-respected honor can only be won once during the career of an actor.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theater community—specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences and critics who are Drama League members nationwide. This year’s ceremony will see the inaugural nominees in two new categories: Outstanding Direction of a Play and Outstanding Direction of a Musical.

The full list of nominations can be found below, with the winners in bold. 

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Dana H.
The Lehman Trilogy – WINNER
Merry Wives
The Minutes
POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Prayer for the French Republic
Selling Kabul

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
American Buffalo
Cyrano De Bergerac
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
How I Learned to Drive
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Skeleton Crew
The Skin of Our Teeth
Take Me Out – WINNER
Trouble in Mind

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
David Byrne’s American Utopia
The Hang
Kimberly Akimbo
MJ The Musical
Mr. Saturday Night
Mrs. Doubtfire
Oratorio For Living Things
A Strange Loop – WINNER

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
Company – WINNER
Caroline, Or Change
Funny Girl
The Music Man

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Knud Adams, English
Saheem Ali, Merry Wives
Stori Ayers, Confederates
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Matthew Dunster, Hangmen
Jamie Lloyd, Cyrano De Bergerac
Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy
Tyne Rafaeli, Selling Kabul
Taylor Reynolds, Tambo & Bones
Les Waters, Dana H.
Kate Whoriskey, Clyde’s – WINNER

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
John Doyle, Assassins
Marianne Elliott, Company – WINNER
Lee Sunday Evans, Oratio for Living Things
Michael Mayer, Funny Girl
Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, Six
Leigh Silverman, Suffs
Niegel Smith, The Hang
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ The Musical
Jerry Zaks, The Music Man

Nominees for the Distinguished Performance Award
Uzo AdubaClyde’s
Simon Russell BealeThe Lehman Trilogy
Shoshana BeanMr. Saturday Night
Gabby BeansThe Skin of Our Teeth
Victoria ClarkKimberly Akimbo
Sharon D ClarkeCaroline, or Change
Billy CrystalMr. Saturday Night
Matt DoyleCompany
Rachel DratchPOTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Edie Falco, Morning Sun
Tyler Fauntleroy, Tambo & Bones
Beanie FeldsteinFunny Girl
Jesse Tyler FergusonTake Me Out
Sutton FosterThe Music Man – WINNER
Myles FrostMJ The Musical
Adrianna HicksSix
Marin IrelandMorning Sun
Nikki M. JamesSuffs
Ron Cephas JonesClyde’s
Joaquina KalukangoParadise Square
LaChanzeTrouble in Mind
L Morgan LeeA Strange Loop
Jane LynchFunny Girl
Taylor Mac, The Hang
Brittney MackSix
Ebony Marshall-Oliver7 Minutes
Elizabeth MarvelLong Day’s Journey Into Night
James McAvoy, Cyrano de Bergerac
Rob McClureMrs. Doubtfire
Kenita R. Millerfor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Bonnie MilliganKimberly Akimbo
David MorseHow I Learned to Drive
Deirdre O’ConnellDana H.
Sarah Jessica ParkerPlaza Suite
Phylicia RashadSkeleton Crew
Ruben Santiago-HudsonLackawanna Blues
Arturo Luis Soria, Ni Mi Madre
Jaquel SpiveyA Strange Loop
Cecily Strong, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Will SwensonAssassins
Julie WhitePOTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Jesse WilliamsTake Me Out
Michelle Wilson, Confederates

The Drama League also acknowledges previous recipients 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 again.
Hugh JackmanThe Music Man
Patti LuPoneCompany
Mary-Louise ParkerHow I Learned to Drive

As previously reported, this year’s honorees includes Mr. Saturday Night star and creator Billy Crystal, The Music Man star Hugh Jackman, Lincoln Center Theater Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz and Tony Award-winning producer Willette Murphy Klausner. Crystal was presented with the Contribution to the Theater Award for his extraordinary work on stages across the country and commitment to mentorship in the field. Jackman received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award for his outstanding work on stage and in film. Blain-Cruz was honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. Klausner was honored with the Gratitude Award.


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