Annaleigh Ashford, 'Some Like It Hot', 'Leopoldstadt' & more Win 2023 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:44 pm EDT 05/19/23


Annaleigh Ashford wins Distinguished Performance Award
Some Like It Hot wins Outstanding Production of a Musical
Leopoldstadt wins Outstanding Production of a Play
Into the Woods wins Outstanding Revival of a Musical
A Doll's House wins Outstanding Revival of a Play

(New York, NY – May 19, 2023) The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks; Executive Director, Bevin Ross) has announced the winners of the 2023 Drama League Awards. The in-person ceremony, hosted by Emmy-winning NY1 reporter Frank DiLella, was held today, Friday, May 19, 2023 at The Ziegfeld Ballroom (141 W 54th St, New York, NY).

Annaleigh Ashford won the Distinguished Performance Award for her work in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; the well-respected honor can only be won once during the career of an actor. Leopoldstadt took home the Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, while A Doll's House won for Outstanding Revival of a Play. Some Like It Hot and Into the Woods earned honors for Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Revival of a Musical, respectively. In the directing categories, Anne Kauffman took home the Outstanding Direction of a Play award for The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window and Lear deBessonet took home Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Into the Woods, making her a dual winner at the star-studded event; deBessonet was also honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

Awards were presented by Audra McDonald (Ohio State Murders), Ben Platt (Parade), Bebe Neuwirth (The Bedwetter), and Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), along with Sara Bareilles (Into the Woods), Sheryl Kaller, and Charles Flateman, Executive Vice President of the Shubert Organization.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theater community —specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League Members nationwide.


Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Leopoldstadt ***WINNER
Longacre Theatre
Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Patrick Marber
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Lorne Michaels, Stephanie P. McClelland, Gavin Kalin, Delman Sloan, Eilene Davidson, Brad Edgerton, Patrick Gracey, Hunter Arnold, Burnt Umber Productions, Cue to Cue Productions, The Factor Gavin Partnership, Harris Rubin Productions, Robert Nederlander, Jr., No Guarantees, Sandy Robertson, Iris Smith, Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler, Dodge Hall Productions / Waverly Productions, Ricardo Hornos / Robert Tichio, Heni Koenigsberg & Wendy Federman, Thomas S. Perakos / Stephanie Kramer, Brian Spector / Judith Seinfeld and Richard Winkler & Alan Shorr

The Bandaged Place
Cost of Living
Dark Disabled Stories
Fat Ham
Good Night, Oscar
Life of Pi
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Prima Facie
Public Obscenities
Summer, 1976

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
A Doll's House ***WINNER
Hudson Theatre
Written by Henrik Ibsen; In a new version by Amy Herzog
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Wessex Grove, Julie Boardman, Kate Cannova, Bob Boyett, Hunter Arnold, Creative Partners Productions, Eilene Davidson Productions, GGRS, Kater Gordon, Louise L. Gund, Los Angeles Media Fund, Stephanie P. McClelland, Tilted, Jessica Chastain, Caitlin Clements/Francesca Moody Productions, Caiola Productions/Amanda Lee, Ted & Richard Liebowitz/Joeyen-Waldorf Squeri, Richard & Cecilia Attias/Thomas S. Barnes and OHenry Theatre Nerd Productions/Runyonland MMP; Presenting the production by The Jamie Lloyd Company

Ohio State Murders
The Piano Lesson
A Raisin in the Sun
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
The Thanksgiving Play
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Blackand White
Wolf Play

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
Some Like It Hot ***WINNER
Shubert Theatre
Book by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin; Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; Based on the screenplay "Some Like it Hot" by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
Produced by The Shubert Organization (Robert E. Wankel: Chairman and CEO; Elliot Greene: Chief Operating Officer; Charles Flateman: Executive Vice President) and Neil Meron; Co-produced by MGM On Stage, Roy Furman, Robert Greenblatt, James L. Nederlander, Kenny Leon, Hunter Arnold, The John Gore Organization, The Dalgleish Library Company Group, Sheboygan Conservatory Partners, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Bob Boyett, Cue to Cue Productions, Janet and Marvin Rosen, The Araca Group, Concord Theatricals, Marc Howard, Independent Presenters Network, Juanita Jordan, Jujamcyn Theaters, Henry R. Muñoz III, Ostar and Mariah Carey

& Juliet
A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
Dreaming Zenzile
New York, New York
White Girl in Danger
Wise Children's Wuthering Heights

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
Into the Woods ***WINNER
St. James Theatre
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Directed by Lear deBessonet
Produced by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Rocco Landesman: President Emeritus; Paul Libin: Executive Vice President Emeritus; Jack Viertel: Senior Vice President Emeritus), Jordan Roth, New York City Center (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO),Daryl Roth, Hunter Arnold, Concord Theatricals, Nicole Eisenberg, Jessica R. Jenen, Michael Cassel Group, Kevin Ryan, Show Town Productions and Armstrong, Gold & Ross; Presenting the production by New York City Center Encores! (Lear deBessonet: Artistic Director; Rob Berman: Music Director; Clint Ramos: Producing Creative Director; Jenny Gersten: Producer of Musical Theater)

Bob Fosse's Dancin'
A Man of No Importance
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Anne Kauffman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window ***WINNER
Jo Bonney, Cost of Living
Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Public Obscenities
Kenny Leon, Topdog/Underdog
Jamie Lloyd, A Doll's House
David Mendizábal, the bandaged place
Awoye Timpo, Elyria and Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White
Dustin Wills, Wolf Play

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Lear deBessonet, Into the Woods ***WINNER
Lileana Blain-Cruz, Dreaming Zenzile and White Girl In Danger
Thomas Kail, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot
Jack O'Brien, Shucked
Bartlett Sher, Camelot
Susan Stroman, New York, New York

Nominees for the Distinguished Performance Award
Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ***WINNER
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topdog/Underdog
Hiran Abeysekera, Life of Pi
Sara Bareilles, Into the Woods
Stephanie Berry, the bandaged place
Brittany Bradford, Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story In Black And White
Danielle Brooks, The Piano Lesson
Rachel Brosnahan, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Marylouise Burke, Epiphany
D'Arcy Carden, The Thanksgiving Play
Jessica Chastain, A Doll's House
Sharon D Clarke, Death of a Salesman
Jodie Comer, Prima Facie
Jordan E. Cooper, Ain't No Mo'
Lorna Courtney, &Juliet
Micaela Diamond, Parade
K. Todd Freeman, Downstate
J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot
Josh Groban, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Ryan J. Haddad, Dark Disabled Stories
Corey Hawkins, Topdog/Underdog
Sean Hayes, Good Night, Oscar
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
Oscar Isaac, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Tarra Conner Jones, White Girl in Danger
Esco Jouléy, Wolf Play
Somi Kakoma, Dreaming Zenzile
David Krumholtz, Leopoldstadt
Linda Lavin, You Will Get Sick
Laura Linney, Summer, 1976
Jefferson Mays, A Christmas Carol
Patina Miller, Into the Woods
Marla Mindelle, Titanique
Arian Moayed, A Doll's House
Gargi Mukherjee, Public Obscenities
Alex Newell, Shucked
Jeremy Pope, The Collaboration
Colton Ryan, New York, New York
Phillipa Soo, Camelot
Marcel Spears, Fat Ham
Katy Sullivan, Cost of Living
Will Swenson, A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
John Douglas Thompson, Endgame
Anna Uzele, New York, New York
John David Washington, The Piano Lesson
Betsy Wolfe, &Juliet
David Zayas, Cost of Living

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer's lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded.

Danny Burstein, Pictures From Home
Norbert Leo Butz, Cornelia Street
Kathleen Chalfant, The Year of Magical Thinking
Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Nathan Lane, Pictures From Home
Audra McDonald, Ohio State Murders
Bebe Neuwirth, The Bedwetter
Ben Platt, Parade

As previously reported, this year's honorees included Tony® Award-winning Hadestown and Death of a Salesman star André De Shields, Into the Woods director and Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, The Drama Book Shop (Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and James L. Nederlander), and J.P Morgan Asset and Wealth Management CCO Darin Oduyoye. De Shields received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award, presented by Rachel Chavkin, for his outstanding 50+ years of work on stage. Along with her win for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, deBessonet was honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by Sara Bareilles. The Drama Book Shop received the Contribution to the Theater Award, presented by Frank DiLella and accepted by Lin-Manuel Miranda on behalf of the group. Oduyoye was honored with the Gratitude Award, presented by Charles Flateman.

The Drama League is grateful for the generous donors who helped to make the 89thAnnual Drama League Awards possible, including Gold Sponsors J.P. Morgan, Broadway HD, Caiola Productions, Darin Oduyoye, and RB Theatricals; Silver Sponsors Jay Alix / Lakeview Productions, Creative Artists Agency, Death of a Salesman, EY / Donna Daniels, Into the Woods, Mary Jain, Una Jackman / Talu Productions, John Gore Organization, Paula Kaminsky Davis, Lincoln Center Theatre, Nederlander Organization, PARADE, Public Theater, Kevin Ryan, Diane Scott-Carter, Lisa Alexander-Taylor and Carlette Mack, Second Stage Theater, The Shubert Organization, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Witzend Productions, and WMK Productions.

For a complete list of productions and performers that have won Drama League Awards in the event's history, as well as all past honorees, visit .

The Drama League advances the American theater by providing lifelong artistic resources for directors and a platform for dialogue with audiences. Founded in 1916, we are one of the longest-running arts service organizations in the country. We enable directors to make the most powerful, impactful work possible across multiple mediums reaching ever-wider audiences, and build sustainable careers. Uplifting directors of all economic classes, races, abilities, genders, and identities is a cornerstone of this mission. We provide support to directors throughout their artistic life, and our work in education offers both continued learning to professionals and introduces the skills of directing to young people. Underpinning our work is the support of our members, a community of ardent theater fans and industry professionals whose commitment to advancing the artform helps develop the careers of the talented directors we champion.

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