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Drama League Awards Nominations: Jessica Lange, Lupita Nyong’o, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lots More (FULL LIST)

Hamilton,” “School of Rock,” “American Psycho” and “Waitress” are among the Broadway nominees vying for the new musical trophy at the 2016 Drama League Awards, with plays “The Humans,” “Eclipsed” and “King Charles III” among those in the running for the new play award.

The Drama League nominations can look like something of a free-for-all, with four production categories that encompass an unlimited number of titles drawn from both Broadway and Off Broadway. The nominees list for the League’s single acting award stretches to some 50 names, this year including Anne Hathaway (“Grounded”), Jessica Lange (“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Eclipsed”), Michelle Williams (“Blackbird”) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

With such an unusually crowded field of contenders, the Drama Leagues can’t serve as much of a barometer for the theater world’s overall awards season. But they can at least confirm which of the titles might have some traction in the upcoming Tony noms. “Tuck Everlasting,” “Bright Star,” “On Your Feet!” and “School of Rock” also made the list of show competing for the new musical award, as did buzzy Off Broadway outing “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Sheldon Harnick, recently announced as the recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement Tony Award, will be recognized at the Drama League Awards for distinguished achievement in musical theater. Ivo van Hove, the director of well-received Broadway revivals of “A View from the Bridge” and “The Crucible,” wins a trophy for excellence in directing.

The Drama League Awards — administrated by the titular nonprofit dedicated to theater development, support and education — will be handed out at the organization’s annual luncheon May 20. Zachary Levi and Megan Hilty will host the ceremony.

The full list of 2016 Drama League Awards nominations follows:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
10 Out Of 12, Eclipsed, The Father, Gloria, Hir, The Humans, King Charles III, Marjorie Prime, The Royale, Skeleton Crew

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Awake and Sing!, Blackbird, Cloud Nine, The Crucible, The Gin Game, Long Day’s Journey into Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, Sense and Sensibility, A View from the Bridge

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
American Psycho, Bright Star, Dear Evan Hansen, Futurity, Hamilton, iOW@, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, Tuck Everlasting, Waitress

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Color Purple, Dames at Sea, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Spring Awakening

NOMINEES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.
Nina Arianda, Fool for Love
Annaleigh Ashford, Sylvia
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Reed Birney, The Humans
Alex Brightman, School of Rock, The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Timothee Chalamet, Prodigal Son
Kelley Curran, The Dingdong
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Khris Davis, The Royale
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Georgia Engel, John
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Lynda Gravatt, Skeleton Crew
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
Anne Hathaway, Grounded
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jackie Hoffman, Once Upon a Mattress
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Jennifer Hudson, The Color Purple
Marin Ireland, Ironbound
Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tuck Everlasting
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Judith Light, Therese Raquin
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Kristine Nielsen, Hir
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
Sam Rockwell, Fool for Love
Thomas Jay Ryan, 10 Out of 12
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime and John
Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
Cicely Tyson, The Gin Game
Michael Urie, Shows for Days
Ana Villafane, On Your Feet!
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
Nicola Walker, A View from the Bridge
Ben Whishaw, The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season:
James Earl Jones, The Gin Game
Patti LuPone, Shows For Days
Frank Langella, The Father
Mary-Louise Parker, Heisenberg
Mark Rylance, Nice Fish
Sam Waterston, The Tempest

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
Sheldon Harnick

Unique Contribution to the Theatre
Deaf West Theatre

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
Ivo van Hove

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