2016 Drama League Award Nominations Announced

dramaleagueaward200From the Outer Critics Circle nominations yesterday to the pending Tony Award nominations just weeks from now, New York has found itself submerged into theatre awards quicker than ever this year and in a season filled with all-star productions across the board both on and off Broadway, every nomination seems to add up. However, it should be noted the real winner here is the entire theatre community who once again saw an outpouring of love and recognition this morning as the Drama League announced this season’s top honors. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the 2016 Drama League Award nominations have officially been announced!

The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical awards in American history. The awards were first given out in 1922 and officially formalized in 1935. Honoring both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, The Drama League Awards are the only major theatrical award chosen entirely by audiences members; specifically the thousands of drama league members from around the nation who attend these productions.The awards mainly honor productions each season, both new and revival works, as well as individual performers for their performances throughout the season.

The 2016 Drama League Award nominees are:


10 Out Of 12
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Les Waters
Soho Rep

By Danai Gurira
Directed by Liesl Tommy
John Golden Theatre

The Father
By Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Doug Hughes
Manhattan Theatre Club

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Vineyard Theatre

By Taylor Mac
Directed by Niegel Smith
Playwrights Horizons

The Humans
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
Helen Hayes Theatre

King Charles III
By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold
Music Box Theatre

Marjorie Prime
By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Playwrights Horizons

The Royale
By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Lincoln Center Theater

Skeleton Crew
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Atlantic Theater Company


Awake and Sing!
By Clifford Odets
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried
National Asian-American Theatre Company

By David Harrower
Directed by Joe Mantello
Belasco Theatre

Cloud Nine
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by James MacDonald
Atlantic Theater Company

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Walter Kerr Theatre

The Gin Game
By D.L. Coburn
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Golden Theatre

Long Day’s Journey into Night
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Jonathan Kent
Roundabout Theatre Company

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Eric Tucker
Pearl Theatre Company

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Roundabout Theatre Company

Sense and Sensibility
By Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill
Directed by Eric Tucker

A View from the Bridge
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Lyceum Theatre


American Psycho
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Rupert Goold
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Bright Star
Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics and Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Cort Theatre

Dear Evan Hansen
Book by Steven Levenson
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Directed by Michael Greif
Second Stage Theatre

Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps
Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez
Directed by Sarah Benson
Soho Rep and Ars Nova

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Thomas Kail
Richard Rodgers Theatre

Book by Jenny Schwartz
Music by Todd Almond
Lyrics by Todd Almond and Jenny Schwartz
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Playwrights Horizons

On Your Feet!
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Directed by Jerry Mitchell
Marquis Theatre

School of Rock, The Musical
Book by Julian Fellowes
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed by Laurence Connor
Winter Garden Theatre

Tuck Everlasting
Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
Broadhurst Theatre

Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Directed by Diane Paulus
Brooks Atkinson Theatre


The Color Purple
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by John Doyle
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Dames at Sea
Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise
Directed by Randy Skinner
Helen Hayes Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Broadway Theatre

She Loves Me
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Scott Ellis
Roundabout Theatre Company

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Michael Arden
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

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.


Nina Arianda, Fool for Love
Annaleigh Ashford, Sylvia
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Reed Birney, The Humans
Alex Brightman, School of Rock, The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son
Kelley Curran, The Dingdong
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Khris Davis, The Royale
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Georgia Engel, John
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Lynda Gravatt, Skeleton Crew
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
Anne Hathaway, Grounded
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jackie Hoffman, Once Upon a Mattress
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Jennifer Hudson, The Color Purple
Marin Ireland, Ironbound
Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tuck Everlasting
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Judith Light, Thérèse Raquin
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Kristine Nielsen, Hir
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
Sam Rockwell, Fool for Love
Thomas Jay Ryan, 10 Out of 12
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime and John
Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
Cicely Tyson, The Gin Game
Michael Urie, Shows for Days
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet!
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
Nicola Walker, A View from the Bridge
Ben Whishaw, The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

ct-img-15-0659-ana-villafan-3-1-588appb0-jpg-20150909Luner Lowdown: Congratulations to all of the 2016 Drama League Award nominees! The Drama League Awards are without a doubt one of the most unique Broadway and Off-Broadway see each season. Focusing on productions while also highlighting individual performances, it is so exciting these awards are picked by thousands of Drama League members who visit New York to see these productions. Thrilled to see so many new works nominated such as American Psycho, Bright Star, Tuck Everlasting and Dear Evan Hansen nominated once again today! I’m also happy to see so many young faces who are leading huge Broadway shows this season on the distinguished Performer List such as Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet & Pictured Above), Alex Brightman (School Of Rock), Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) alongside Hollywood names such as Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Fully Committted), Anne Hathaway (Grounded) and Michael C. Hall (Lazarus). Thanks to Matthew Murphy for the photo above!

Luner on Theatre will bring you the winners of the 2016 Drama League Awards once they are announced May 20th at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square in a ceremony hosted by Zachary Levi and Megan Hilty! Stay tuned for those winners and all this season’s winners, nominees and more as Luner on Theatre takes on the 2015-16 theatre awards season here in New York City!

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