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Nominations Announced for 88th Annual Drama League Awards

April 25th, 2022 | By Lindsey Sullivan

The Drama League announced the 2022 Drama League Award nominees on April 25. André De Shields and Denée Benton revealed the nominees at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Award winners will be announced on May 20 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

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.

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Clyde’s
Confederates
Dana H.
English
Hangmen
The Lehman Trilogy
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
Skelton Crew
The Skin of Our Teeth
Take Me Out
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
Six
A Strange Loop
Suffs

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
Assassins
Company
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

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
John Doyle, Assassins
Marianne Elliott, Company
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 Aduba, Clyde’s
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night
Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth
Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo
Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change
Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night
Matt Doyle, Company
Rachel Dratch, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Edie Falco, Morning Sun
Tyler Fauntleroy, Tambo & Bones
Beanie Feldstein, Funny Girl
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out
Sutton Foster, The Music Man
Myles Frost, MJ The Musical
Adrianna Hicks, Six
Marin Ireland, Morning Sun
Nikki M. James, Suffs
Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde’s
Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square
LaChanze, Trouble in Mind
L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop
Jane Lynch, Funny Girl
Taylor Mac, The Hang
Brittney Mack, Six
Ebony Marshall-Oliver, 7 Minutes
Elizabeth Marvel, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
James McAvoy, Cyrano de Bergerac
Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire
Kenita R. Miller, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo
David Morse, How I Learned to Drive
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Plaza Suite
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Crew
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues
Arturo Luis Soria, Ni Mi Madre
Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop
Cecily Strong, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Will Swenson, Assassins
Julie White, POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Jesse Williams, Take 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 Jackman, The Music Man
Patti LuPone, Company
Mary-Louise Parker, How I Learned to Drive

As previously reported, this year’s honorees include 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 will be 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 will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award for his outstanding work on stage and in film. Blain-Cruz will be honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. Klausner will be honored with the Gratitude Award.

 

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