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Drama League Award Winners Announced

The 2011 Drama League Award winners were announced in a ceremony that took place on May 20.

The Book of Mormon won for Distinguished Production of a Musical and Anything Goes for Distinguished Revival of a Musical. The non-musical winners were War Horse and Normal Heart.

Mark Rylance was given the Distinguished Performance Award for his work in both Jerusalem and La Bete. Awards were also handed out to Susan Stroman, who received The Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing; Whoopi Goldberg, who was given the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award; and Liza Minnelli, who received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award.

Many others received nominations; the full list of nominees follows. Congratulations to the winners and keep your calendar marked for the Tony Awards on June 12!

Distinguished Production of a Musical
The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez
Catch Me If You Can music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman, book by Terrence McNally
Elf music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, book by Bob Martin
In Transit by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth
The People in the Picture book and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart, music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert book by Allan Scott
Sister Act music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner | Broadway Theatre

Distinguished Production of a Play
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph
The Diary of a Madman by David Holman from Nikolai Gogol’s short story
The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Read
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz
Gatz by Elevator Repair Service from F. Scott Fitzgerald
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
Kin by Bathsheba Doran
The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz
Sleep No More devised by Punchdrunk
War Horse adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo

Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, Russell Crouse, Timothy Crouse, and John Weidman
Hello Again by Michael John Lachiusa
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert

Distinguished Revival of a Play
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
The Collection and a Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter
The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
La Bête by David Hirson
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Distinguished Performance Award
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Vanessa Aspillaga, underneathmybed
Daniel Beaty, Through The Night
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Jim Belushi, Born Yesterday
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Reed Birney, The Dream of the Burning Boy
Desmin Borges, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Christian Borle, Angels in America and Peter and the Starcatcher
André Braugher, The Whipping Man
Charles Busch, The Divine Sister
Bill Camp, Notes From Underground
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker With The Hat
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
Billy Crudup, Arcadia and The Metal Children
Colin Donnell, Anything Goes
Lisa Emery, The Collection/A Kind of Alaska
Ensemble, Sleep No More
Ensemble, Hello Again
Raúl Esparza, Arcadia
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves and This Wide Night
Halley Feiffer, Tigers Be Still
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Laura Heisler, Kin
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Marin Ireland, In the Wake and Three Sisters
John Larroquette, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Dan Lauria, Lombardi
John Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Elizabeth Marvel, The Little Foxes and Other Desert Cities
Frances McDormand, Good People
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture
Seth Numrich, War Horse
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Estelle Parsons, Good People
Alison Pill, This Wide Night
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Daniel Radcliffe, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Martin Rayner, Freud’s Last Session
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Paul Reubens, The Pee-Wee Herman Show
Chris Rock, The Motherf**ker With The Hat
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem and La Bête
Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made
Fiona Shaw, John Gabriel Borkman
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Scott Shepherd, Gatz
Christopher Sieber, The Kid
Alexandra Socha, The Dream of the Burning Boy
Paul Sparks, Dusk Rings a Bell
Ben Stiller, The House of Blue Leaves
Will Swenson, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Kathleen Turner, High
Aaron Tveit, Catch Me If You Can
Robin Williams, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Tom Wopat, Catch Me If You Can

In addition, seven past recipients of The Distinguished Performance Award will be honored on the dais for their work this season. However, because an individual can only receive The Distinguished Performance Award once in his/her lifetime, they are ineligible for award consideration this year. Those past honorees are:

Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities
Cherry Jones, Mrs. Warren’s Profession
James Earl Jones, Driving Miss Daisy
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Geoffrey Rush, The Diary of a Madman

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