2013 Drama League Award Winners

new-award-by-richard-termine-1024x8531Luner on Theatre’s Awards Season Coverage Continues! As the theatre world counts down to Broadway’s biggest night, The 2013 Tony Awards, acknowledgements and awards continue to pour in from various committees around the city, nation and world for current Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. While some are beginning to track the winners and try to establish who is this year’s favorite in multiple categories, we should remind everyone that nothing is certain or guaranteed. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the winners of the 2013 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.

Here are the winners of the 2013 Drama League Awards:


The Assembled Parties
Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
Booth Theatre
By John Logan
Directed by Joe Mantello

Lucky Guy
Broadhurst Theatre
by Nora Ephron
Directed by George C. Wolfe

The Nance
Lincoln Center Theater/Lyceum Theatre
by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Jack O’Brien

Old Hats
Signature Theatre Company
by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Directed by Tina Landau

The Testament of Mary
Walter Kerr Theatre
by Colm Toibin
Directed by Deborah Warner

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Lincoln Center Theatre/Golden Theatre
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Nicholas Martin

The Whale
Playwrights Horizons
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum

Second Stage Theatre
Book by Peter Duchan, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Directed by Joe Mantello

Here Lies Love
The Public Theater
Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne
Directed by Alex Timbers

Kinky Boots
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Directed by Jerry Mitchell

Matilda The Musical
Shubert Theatre
Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus

Motown: The Musical
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Book by Berry Gordy, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright

Murder Ballad
Manhattan Theatre Club/Union Square Theatre
Conceived by and with Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan, Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash
Directed by Trip Cullman

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Ars Nova/Kazino
Written and Composed by Dave Malloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin


As You Like It
The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Golden Boy
Lincoln Center Theater/Belasco Theatre
by Clifford Odets
Directed by Bartlett Sher

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg

The Piano Lesson
Signature Theatre Company
by August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The Trip to Bountiful
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
by Horton Foote
Directed by Michael Wilson

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Booth Theatre
by Edward Albee
Directed by Pam MacKinnon


Palace Theatre
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Directed by James Lapine

Marry Me a Little
Keen Company
Conceived and Developed by Norman Rene and Craig Lucas; Songs by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Roundabout Theatre Company/Studio 54
Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Scott Ellis

Classic Stage Company
Book by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by John Doyle

Music Box Theatre
Book by Roger O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Diane Paulus

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Broadway Theatre
New Book by Douglas Carter Beane, Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Mark Brokaw

One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career.

Alec Baldwin, Orphans
Danny Burstein, Talley’s Folly
Bobby Cannavale, The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross
Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews
Lilla Crawford, Annie
Alan Cumming, Macbeth
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
Brandon Victor Dixon, Motown: The Musical
Jesse Eisenberg, The Revisionist
Edie Falco, The Madrid
America Ferrera, Bethany
Jake Gyllenhaal, If There is I Haven’t Found it Yet
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Jessica Hecht, The Assembled Parties and Harvey
Shuler Hensley, The Whale
Bill Irwin, Old Hats
Judith Ivey, The Heiress
Brian d’Arcy James, Giant
Scarlett Johansson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Judy Kuhn, Passion
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical
Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Constantine Maroulis, Jekyll and Hyde
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Lindsay Mendez, Dogfight
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Bette Midler, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
Patina Miller, Pippin
Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Donna Murphy, Into the Woods
Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Jim Norton, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Seth Numrich, Golden Boy
Laura Osnes, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Tina Packer, Women of Will
David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Lily Rabe, As You Like It
Vanessa Redgrave, The Revisionist
Chita Rivera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Paul Rudd, Grace
Roslyn Ruff, The Piano Lesson
Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
Michael Shannon, Grace
Fiona Shaw, The Testament of Mary
Ryan Silverman, Passion
Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Tom Sturridge, Orphans
Holland Taylor, Ann
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Michael Urie, Buyer and Cellar
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Anthony Warlow, Annie
Stephen Tyrone Williams, My Children! My Africa!
Vanessa Williams, The Trip to Bountiful

The Drama League also recognize the contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners that include:

Norbet Leo Butz, Dead Accounts
Kathleen Chalfant, Red Dog Howls
Stockard Channing, The Exonerated
Patti LuPone, The Anarchist
Bebe Neuwirth, Golden Age
Francis Sternhagen, The Madrid


Bernadette Peters


Madison Square Garden Entertainment and The Rockettes


Jerry Mitchell

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the 2013 Drama League Awards! It is such an honor to be nominated that we believe everyone should be proud of their incredible work and contribution to the theatrical world this season.  Together, everyone has helped create another incredible and profound theatre season in New York. For more information, check out the Official Drama League Awards Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

Distinguished Production of a Musical - Kinky Boots

Distinguished Production of a Musical – Kinky Boots

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