Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Broadway alum and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the 2014 Drama League Awards, the annual legit kudos from Gotham’s 99-year-old theater development org.

Ferguson, whose recent New York theater credits include Shakespeare in the Park outings “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Merchant of Venice,” will emcee the May luncheon that sees the announcement of winners in five competitive categories as well as the distribution of special awards to musical theater vet Barbara Cook, director John Tiffany (“Once,” “The Glass Menagerie”) and Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America, which produces and presents Broadway fare both in New York and on the road.

The 80th Annual Drama League Awards ceremony is set for May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, with nominees for the League’s competish categories due to be announced April 23 at Sardi’s.

The League awards is one of a number of legit kudos that pack the New York theater industry sked prior to the Tonys. Things kick into high gear in April, which in its first day has already seen the announcement of the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient. The Lucille Lortel Award nominations are due to be announced later this afternoon.

 

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