2014 Drama League Award Nominations Announced

content_awards_1We meant it when we said it’s awards season! Just a day after the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations were announced, the nominations for the oldest theatrical awards in America were announced as well. Judith Light and Christopher Sieber proudly announced the 2014 Drama League Award nominations this morning at Sardi’s in the heart of the New York theatre district. As the second round of nominations was announced, many began to circulate trends as nominations per show begin to pick up. However, it is important to note nothing is guaranteed as we head full speed towards the 2014 Tony Award nominations less than one week away! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a full list of the 2014 Drama League Award nominations!

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 2014 Drama League Award nominations:


All That Fall
59 East 59 Theatres
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Trevor Nunn

All The Way
Neil Simon Theatre
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Bill Rauch

Casa Valentina
Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Joe Mantello

Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
By Bruce Norris
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Mothers and Sons
Golden Theatre
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
Playwrights Horizons
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Steve Cosson
The Open House
Signature Theatre Company
By Will Eno
Directed by Oliver Butler

The Realistic Joneses
Lyceum Theatre
By Will Eno
Directed by Sam Gold

After Midnight
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Conceived by Jack Viertel
Directed by Warren Carlyle

New Amsterdam Theatre
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book and Additional Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Directed by Casey Nicholaw

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Book by Douglas McGrath, Music by Barry Mann and Carole King, Lyrics by Cynthia Weil and Gerry Goffin
Directed by Marc Bruni

The Bridges of Madison County
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Book by Marsha Norman, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Bullets Over Broadway
St. James Theatre
Book by Woody Allen, Music Adaptation and Additional Lyrics by Glen Kelly
Directed by Susan Stroman

Fun Home
The Public Theater
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Sam Gold

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder
Walter Kerr Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Robert L.  Freedman, Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Murder For Two
Second Stage Theatre/New World Stages
Book and Music by Joe Kinosian, Book and Lyrics by Kellan Blair
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Winter Garden Theatre
Book by Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Directed by Alex Timbers
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Cort Theatre
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Michael Grandage

The Glass Menagerie
Booth Theatre
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by John Tiffany

Good Person of Szechwan
The Public Theater
By Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willett
Directed by Lear deBessonet

The Mutilated
The New Ohio Theatre
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Cosmin Chivu

Of  Mice and Men
Longacre Theatre
By John Steinbeck
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

A Raisin in the Sun
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Kenny Leon

Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Belasco Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tim Carroll

Waiting For Godot
Cort Theatre
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Sean Mathias

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Belasco Theatre
Book by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Michael Mayer

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Circle in the Square Theatre
by Lanie Robertson
Directed by Lonny Price

Les Misérables
Imperial Theatre
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French Text by Alain Boubilil and Jean-Marc Natel
Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell

Roundabout Theatre Company/American Airlines Theatre
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Directed by Leigh Silverman

*Please note: The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret won the Drama League Award in 1998 and was considered ineligible for this years. However, it was decided it’s performers could indeed be nominated for their performance.

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

Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Zach Braff, Bullets over Broadway
Arnie Burton, The Mystery of Irma Vep
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Nick Cordero, Bullets over Broadway
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Alan Cumming, Cabaret
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin
Gabriel Ebert, Casa Valentina
Carson Elrod, The Heir Apparent
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, The Comedy of Errors
Sutton Foster, Violet
James Franco, Of Mice and Men
Peter Friedman, The Open House
Michael C. Hall, The Realistic Joneses
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Joshua Henry, Violet
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Tracy Letts, The Realistic Joneses
Zachary Levi, First Date
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
Steven Pasquale, The Bridges of Madison County
Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy
Zachary Quinto, The Glass Menagerie
Daniel Radcliffe, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, How I Learned What I Learned
Margo Seibert, Rocky
Robert Sella, The Mystery of Irma Vep
Tony Shalhoub, Act One
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie
Patrick Stewart, Waiting for Godot
John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf
Denzel Washington, A Raisin in the Sun
Michelle Williams, Cabaret 

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

Eileen Atkins, All That Fall
Norbert Leo Butz, Big Fish
Kathleen Chalfant, Somewhere Fun/Tales From Red Vienna
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Ian McKellen, Waiting For Godot/No Man’s Land
Frank Langella, King Lear
Mary-Louise Parker, The Snow Geese
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will/Richard III

The 2014 finalists for their Distinguished Contributions and Achievements in Theatre go to:

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
Barbara Cook

Unique Contribution to the Theatre
Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
John Tiffany

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners already for the 2014 Drama League Awards! The winners will be announced at the 80th Annual Drama League Awards ceremony which will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The awards will take place May 16th at 11:30 AM at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Stick with Luner on Theatre as we not only bring you the Drama League Award winners but all of your award winners this season as the New York theatre awards season truly kicks in to full swing. For more information, visit The Drama League Award’s Official WebsiteBe 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 and so much more!

Fun Home at The Public Theatre was the only Off-Broadway Show to receive a Musical Nomination

Fun Home at The Public Theatre scored a nomination for Outstanding Musical

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