2012 Drama League Award Winners Announced

Our Epic Awards Season Coverage Continues! As Luner on Theatre and the rest of the Broadway and Off-Broadway community count down to the biggest night of theatre, The 2012 Tony Awards, we are bringing you all the awards coverage leading up to this one night so you can see who is winning awards and getting idea as to who may take home the big ones. Today, Luner on Theatre is pleased to bring you the winners of the 2012 Drama League Awards!

The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical awards in American history. The awards were first given out in 1922 and officially were recognized in 1935. The awards honors new productions as a whole for plays and musicals in both the new and revival categories. There is also a celebration with some of Broadway’s most celebrated artists from performers to choreographers to directors and beyond. There are also several awards major awards given out for distinguished achievement. These are the only major theatre awards given out in America by the general public, Drama League, who attend both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows annually.

Listed Below is the Entire List of Winners for the 2012 Drama League Awards:

DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A PLAY 

Clybourne Park
The Columnist
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
The Lyons
One Man, Two Guvnors
Other Desert Cities  
Peter and The Starcatcher
Tribes
Seminar
Septimus and Clarissa
Venus in Fur 

DISTINGUISHED REVIVAL OF A PLAY 

And God Created Great Whales
Death of a Salesman  
Gore Vidal’sThe Best Man
How I Learned To Drive
Look Back in Anger
The Maids
Wit 

DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL 

Ghost
Leap of Faith
Mission Drift
Newsies
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Once  
Queen of The Mist 

DISTINGUISHED REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL 

Carrie
Follies  
Evita
The Gershwins’Porgy and Bess
Jesus Christ Superstar 

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD 

One winner is selected from this category for which the recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career. This year’s winner is:


Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’Porgy and Bess  

The Drama League wishes to recognize the superb contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners including:

Norbert Leo ButzHow I Learned To Drive
Zoe CaldwellElective Affinities
Kathleen ChalfantPainting Churches
Stockard ChanningOther Desert Cities
RoseMary HarrisThe Road To Mecca
Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman: Back On Broadway
SirDerek JacobiKing Lear
James EarlJones, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Frank LangellaMan and Boy
John LithgowThe Columnist
Patti LuPoneAn Evening withPatti LuPoneandMandy Patinkin
Bebe NeuwirthA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bernadette PetersFollies
Sam WaterstonKing Lear 

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATRE 

Alan Menken

UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATRE 

Rosie O’Donnell 

FOUNDERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING 

Diane Paulus

Congratulations to All of the 2012 Drama League Award Winners and Nominees! Everyone deserves some mention in the fantastic theatre season we have going in New York City right now!

And if you are enjoying this fantastic theatre season, stay tuned because Luner on Theatre is going to continue our sweeping and epic coverage of the awards season as well as bringing back our famed Tony Time series later today! Make sure you don’t miss that and more! Check Out more Awards Season information on the Luner on Theatre Awards Page. And for more official information, check out the Official Drama League Awards Website. And of course, stick to Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and more!

Distinguished Production of a Musical – Once

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