Two-time Tony winner Judith Light (Other Desert Cities, The Assembled Parties) and Tony nominee Christopher Seiber (Shrek, Monty Python’s Spamalot) will announce the nominees for the 80th annual Drama League Awards on April 23 at Sardi’s restaurant. They will be reading the nominees for Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance Award.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Broadway veteran and star of ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family, will host the awards ceremony on May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom. Recipients of the Special Drama League Awards have already been announced. They are Tony winner and singing legend Barbara Cook for distinguished achievement in musical theater; Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America for bringing New York productions to theaters across the country; and Tony winner John Tiffany (Once, The Glass Menagerie) for excellence in directing.
First presented in 1922 and formalized in 1935, the Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honor inAmerica. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. The distinguished performance award first went to the theater icon Katharine Cornell and has since been presented to such stars as Nathan Lane, Christopher Plummer, Liam Neeson, Audra McDonald, High Jackman, Patti LuPone, and Bernadette Peters.