With the theater awards race heating up on the way to Tony Awards, the annual round of New York legit awards has begun to highlights favorites — including musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and LBJ bio-play “All the Way,” both of which were crowned winners by the annual Drama League Awards.
“Gentleman’s Guide,” which leads the list of Tony nominees with 10 noms, scored the Drama League kudo for new musical, while Bryan Cranston starrer “All the Way” notched the laurel for new play.
Neil Patrick Harris topliner “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” took musical revival, and Harris walked away with the org’s single performance award. The fall production of “The Glass Menagerie” came out on top for play revival.
All four winning titles (as well as Harris himself) are Tony nominees in similar categories, many of them in competitive races. “Glass Menagerie,” for instance, is in a tight field that also includes Denzel Washington starrer “A Raisin in the Sun,” Daniel Radcliffe outing “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and the buzz-magnet revival of “Twelfth Night.”
The Drama League winners match up with the Outer Critics Circle honorees in related categories, although the OCC gave its lead musical actor trophy to Harris’ competitor, Jefferson Mays (“Gentleman’s Guide”). “All the Way” also picked up one of the awards from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
Drama League winners were announced at a luncheon where previously announced special awards went to Barbara Cook, “Glass Menagerie” helmer John Tiffany and John Gore of Key Brand Entertainment and Broadway Across America.