“Other Desert Cities” and “Once” took the top awards for new play and new musical, respectively, at the annual Drama League Awards luncheon.
“Death of a Salesman” scored for play revival, while the tuner revival kudo went to “Follies.” Audra McDonald picked up the League’s sole thesping laurel for her perf in “Porgy and Bess.”
The trophies add further awards heat to the winning titles — all of which are nommed for Tonys in the same categories — and to McDonald, a current Tony nominee for lead actress in a musical. For the league kudos, every production bested a list of noms that included some if not all of its Tony competish. McDonald rose to the top of the org’s traditionally long list of nominated thesps, which can stretch to more than 50 people.
Also at the Drama Leagues, previously announced honors went to composer Alan Menken (“Newsies,” “Leap of Faith”), helmer Diane Paulus (“Porgy and Bess”) and Rosie O’Donnell.
Presenters at the ceremony, held at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan, included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Borle, Cynthia Nixon, John Lithgow and Harvey Fierstein. Stockard Channing (“Other Desert Cities”) and John Larroquette (“The Best Man”) hosted.