2015 Drama League Award Nominations Announced

content_awards_1We really weren’t kidding when we said ready, set, awards! Less than 24 hours after the Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced, we have a brand new set of nominations for the 2015 awards season! Just like the Outer Critics Circle, these awards honor both Broadway and Off-Broadway! Tony Award winner Cherry Jones and Denis O’Hare announced the nominations for the Drama League Awards this morning! With the second set of nominations in for the season, we are already beginning to look at the trends this awards season may hold. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting list of nominations for the 2015 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 is a full list of the 2015 nominees:


The Audience
By Peter Morgan
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Between Riverside and Crazy
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Atlantic Theater Company/Second Stage Theatre

By Robert O’Hara
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Playwrights Horizons

By Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Manhattan Theatre Club/The Royal Court Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Hand to God
By Robert Askins
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Booth Theatre

An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Sarah Benson
Soho Rep/Theatre for a New Audience

Punk Rock
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Trip Cullman
MCC Theater

Scenes from a Marriage
By Ingmar Bergman
Adapted by Emily Mann
Directed by Ivo van Hove
New York Theatre Workshop

Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two
By Hilary Mantel, Adapted by Mike Poulton
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Winter Garden Theatre


Big Love
By Charles Mee
Directed by Tina Landau
Signature Theatre Company

The Elephant Man
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
Booth Theatre

The Heidi Chronicles
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Music Box Theatre

The Iceman Cometh
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Robert Falls
Brooklyn Academy of Music

It’s Only a Play
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Jack O’Brien
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

By David Hare
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Golden Theatre

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II
By Christopher Marlowe
Edited and Directed by Michael Boyd
Theatre for a New Audience

This Is Our Youth
By Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Cort Theatre

You Can’t Take It with You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Longacre Theatre

An American in Paris
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Craig Lucas
Directed by Christopher Wheeldon
Palace Theatre

Finding Neverland
Book by James Graham, Music and Lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
Directed by Diane Paulus
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Fun Home
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Sam Gold
Circle in the Square Theatre

Ghost Quartet
Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Directed by Annie Tippe
The McKittrick Hotel

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Thomas Kail
The Public Theater

It Shoulda Been You
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove, Music and Concept by Barbara Anselmi
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
St. James Theatre

The Visit
Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by John Doyle
Lyceum Theatre
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by John Doyle
Classic Stage Company

Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld
Roundabout Theatre Company

The King and I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Lincoln Center Theatre

On The Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden andAdolph Green
Directed by John Rando
Lyric Theatre

On The Twentieth Century
Book and Lyrics by Better Comden and Adolph Green, Music by Cy Coleman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Roundabout Theatre Company

When it comes to the Distinguished Performance Award, nominees can only receive this award once during their career on stage. However, they can be nominated multiple times if they do not win.

Usman AllyThe Invisible Hand
Christian BorleSomething Rotten!
Steven BoyerHand to God
Sterling K. BrownFather Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
Michael CerverisFun Home
Kristin ChenowethOn The Twentieth Century
Bradley CooperThe Elephant Man
Leanne CopeAn American in Paris
Jim DaleJust Jim Dale
Tyne DalyIt Shoulda Been You
Daveed DiggsHamilton
Robert FairchildAn American in Paris
Renee FlemingLiving on Love
Kelsey GrammerFinding Neverland
Jake GyllenhaalConstellations
Stephen McKinley HendersonBetween Riverside and Crazy
Lisa HowardIt Shoulda Been You
Brian D’Arcy JamesSomething Rotten!
Rebecca Naomi JonesBig Love
Cush JumboJosephine and I, The River
Andy KarlOn The Twentieth Century
Judy KuhnFun Home
Lesley Manville, Ghosts
Jan MaxwellThe City of Conversation
Richard McCabeThe Audience
Rob McClureHoneymoon in Vegas
Ewan McGregorThe Real Thing
Ben MilesWolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Ruthie Ann MilesThe King and I
Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton
Helen MirrenThe Audience
Matthew MorrisonFinding Neverland
Elisabeth MossThe Heidi Chronicles
Carey MulliganSkylight
Tam MutuDoctor Zhivago
Bill NighySkylight
Kelli O’HaraThe King and I
Nathaniel ParkerWolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Bryce PinkhamThe Heidi Chronicles
Roger ReesThe Visit
Chita RiveraThe Visit
Alexander SharpThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Douglas SillsLiving on Love
John Douglas ThompsonTamburlaine, Parts I and II, The Iceman Cometh
Julie WhiteAirline Highway
Ruth WilsonConstellations
Tony YazbeckOn The Town

hc-review-visit-pic1-0805-20140804Congratulations to the 2015 Drama League Award nominees! The Drama League Awards are a very unique set of awards. That is that the awards combine both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and present more nominations than most other awards allot. The Drama League’s Awards are also unique in the sense that they nominate dozens of Broadway performers for their performance award but only award one individual per season. This is one award that usually remains up in the air until the moment it is announced. This season, there is no shortage of talent in the performer category with legends such as Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, Kelli O’Hara, Jan Maxwell and Tyne Daly nominated while alongside newcomers such as Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rob McClure to name just a few. Several new productions such as An American In Paris (Pictured Below), The Visit (Pictured Above Right) and Something Rotten saw their second nomination for best musical today!

The 2015 Drama League Awards will be celebrated at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on May 15th at noon! The event includes a nominee cocktail reception and star-studded luncheon ceremony where the winners will be announced.  Visit Luner on Theatre’s Awards Season Page for full coverage! For more information, visit the Drama League Award’s Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!



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