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Kelli O'Hara, Alex Timbers, and Taylor Mac Named 2019 Drama League Awards Special Recognitions Recipients
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:33 pm EST 03/05/19

2019 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS ANNOUNCED

KELLI O’HARA
TO RECEIVE AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATER

ALEX TIMBERS
TO RECEIVE THE FOUNDERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING

TAYLOR MAC
TO RECEIVE AWARD FOR UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATER

THE 85TH ANNUAL DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
SET FOR FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS TIMES SQUARE

NOMINATIONS FOR PLAYS, MUSICALS, REVIVALS AND PERFORMANCES
TO BE ANNOUNCED AT SARDI’S
WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 17, 2019

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) will honor three major powerhouse talents of the American theater community at the 85th Annual Drama League Awards, set for Friday afternoon, May 17, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).

The three 2019 honorees are: Tony® Award winning actress and singer Kelli O’Hara, currently starring in Kiss Me, Kate! on Broadway, receiving the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; two-time Tony® Award nominated director Alex Timbers, of the upcoming Beetlejuice and Moulin Rouge on Broadway, receiving the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing; and MacArthur Genius Grant-winning playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer Taylor Mac, writer of this season’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus on Broadway, receiving the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award.

These honors are in addition to the five competitive Drama League Awards: Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The 2019 Nominees for these five awards will be announced on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street), with the announcement streaming live via BroadwayWorld.com.

The 85th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon includes a VIP cocktail reception, seated luncheon, and awards presentation, and will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 17, 2019 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics, Official Make-up Partner of The Drama League. The Drama League Awards Event Chair is Bonnie Comley.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements. The first Drama League Award was for Distinguished Performance, and was presented to Katharine Cornell in 1935. Since then, the Distinguished Performance Award has been accorded to a roster of theater legends such as Glenda Jackson, Ben Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Mark Rylance, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Helen Hayes, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Sir Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer, to name a few.

To purchase tickets to the Drama League Awards, visit www.dramaleague.org/events/awards; tables of ten are also available, as are ad spaces in the event journal. Want to cast your vote for the five competitive awards? Join The Drama League’s membership program today at the Angel Level or above to access year-round benefits including voting privileges in the 2019 Drama League Awards. To join, visit www.dramaleague.org/membership.
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