Thesps convene for theater honors
The 77th annual Drama League Awards went to the heavy hitters on Friday, with Broadway dominating the kudos. Multi-Tony-nommed ”Book of Mormon” took home the original tuner award, with Brit import ”War Horse” (now at Lincoln Center’s Beaumont Theater) taking home the kudo for best new play.
To no one’s surprise, ”Jerusalem” and ”La Bete” thesp Mark Rylance nabbed the best actor award, while Roundabout’s revival of ”Anything Goes” picked up the prize for best musical revival and ”The Normal Heart” earned best play revival.
At the ceremony at Gotham’s Marriott Marquis, all of the nominees spoke briefly, with ”Mormon” star Josh Gad getting plenty of laughs for his self-deprecating speech. ”My 92-year-old grandfather really put this in perspective for me,” he began. ”He said, ‘How many people are nominated?’ And I said, ‘Sixty-plus,’ and he said, ‘Well, you can kiss that one goodbye!”’
”Mormon” was a frequent topic of conversation. ”I want to thank ‘The Book of Mormon’ for being so fucking dirty,” Chris Rock (of ”The Motherfucker With the Hat”) said from the dais. ”Nobody notices us! They just say, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a good play.”’