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2022 Drama League Awards Nominations

The 88th Annual Drama League Awards will be presented in person
at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 12:00PM

The Honorees and Nominations Are …

The 88th Annual Drama League Awards will be presented in person
at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 12:00PM

The Honorees and Nominations Are …

HONOREES
Hugh Jackman … Distinguished Achievement 
in Musical Theater
Lileana Blain-Cruz … Founders Award for 
Excellence in Directing
Billy Crystal … Contribution to the Theatre
Gratitude Award … Willette Murphy Klausner

Outstanding Production of a Play

Clyde’s 
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
Second Stage Theater

Confederates
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Stori Ayers
Signature Theatre

Dana H.
Written by Lucas Hnath
Adapted from Interviews with Dana Higginbotham; Interviews Conducted by Steve Cosson
Directed by Les Waters
Lyceum Theatre

English
Written by Sanaz Toossi
Directed by Knud Adams
Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theatre Company

Hangmen
Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
John Golden Theatre

The Lehman Trilogy
Written by Stefano Massini; Adapted by Ben Power
Directed by Sam Mendes
Nederlander Theatre

Merry Wives
Written By William Shakespeare; Adapted by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Saheem Ali
The Public Theater 

The Minutes
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Studio 54

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
Written by Selina Fillinger
Directed by Susan Stroman
Shubert Theatre

Prayer For The French Republic
Written by Joshua Harmon
Directed by David Cromer
Manhattan Theatre Club

Selling Kabul
Written by Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Playwrights Horizons Outstanding Revival of a PlayOutstanding Production of a MusicalOutstanding Revival of a MusicalOutstanding Direction of a PlayOutstanding Direction of a MusicalDistinguished Performance Awards

Watch the reading of the nominees by Co-Hosts Denée Benton & André De Shields on The Drama League’s YouTube Channel.

Broadway and Off-Broadway (non-virtual only) productions in previews between March 16, 2021 and April 23, 2022 were eligible for the 2022 Drama League Awards.

Lin-Manuel Miranda holds his Drama League Award (2016)
Lin-Manuel Miranda accepts his 2016 Drama League Award. Photo: Alyssa Meadows
Bryan Cranston reacts to winning a Drama League Award in 2019.
Bryan Cranston reacts to his 2019 Distinguished Performance win with Laurie Metcalf. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

Among the many highlights of the 2022 Awards Ceremony will be the historic inclusion of two new competitive awards:

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Outstanding Direction of a Musical.

Keeping in the tradition of honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the theatrical community, as they have since 1935, Drama League Awards will be bestowed in the following competitive categories, in addition to the new directing categories:

Distinguished Performance Award
Outstanding Production of a Play
Outstanding Production of a Musical
Outstanding Revival of a Play 
Outstanding Revival of a Musical