The 2015 Drama League Awards lent awards momentum to Tony contenders including “An American in Paris” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which picked up trophies at the Drama League’s annual luncheon ceremony May 15.
“American in Paris” bested its Tony Awards competition “Fun Home,” “Something Rotten!” and “The Visit,” along with a number of Off Broadway titles, in the new musical category, while “Curious Incident” came out on top in a race for the new play trophy that included fellow Tony nominees “Hand to God” and “Wolf Hall.”
In the revival categories, musical “The King and I” and play “You Can’t It With You,” both also in the running for Tonys, took home awards.
Broadway favorite and current Tony nominee Chita Rivera, currently starring in “The Visit,” won in the Drama League’s acting category, which considers a huge list of performers for one single award. Her competition included Helen Mirren, Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal, among many others.
Special awards went to Stephen Daldry, the director of Broadway plays “The Audience” and “Skylight”; actor Joel Grey; and WNET, the public television station that regularly shocases New York theater in national broadcasts.
Stephen Boyer, the lead actor of “Hand to God” who is also part of this year’s Tony race, hosted the ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan.
The full list of 2015 Drama League Awards winners follows:
Distinguished Production of a Musical: “An American in Paris”
Distinguished Production of a Play: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
Distinguished Revival of a Musical: “The King and I”
Distinguished Revival of a Play: “You Can’t Take It With You”
Distinguished Performance Award: Chita Rivera, “The Visit”
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater: Joel Grey
Unique Contribution to the Theater: WNET (Neal Shapiro, David Horn)
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Stephen Daldry