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‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘New York, New York,’ and more lead 2023 Drama League nominations

Nominees were revealed by Justin Guarini and Roger Bart.

Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford and the company of 'Sweeney Todd' (Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

Nominations have been announced for the 2023 Drama League Awards, honoring Broadway and Off-Broadway. The nominees were revealed by Justin Guarini and Tony Award winner Roger Bart at the New York Library for the Performing Arts. The 89th annual awards ceremony will be held on May 19 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

From the 2022-2023 season, 29 Broadway productions received at least one nomination, while 20 were honored with multiple. The most honored shows include “New York, New York,” “Sweeney Todd,” “A Doll’s House,” “Cost of Living,” “Into the Woods” and “Topdog/Underdog” each of which received four nominations.

As previously announced, the 2023 special honorees include Tony winner André De Shields, Lear deBessonet, the Drama Book Shop and Darin Oduyoye.

A full list of nominees can be found below.

Outstanding Production of a Play
“the bandaged place”
“Cost of Living”
“Dark Disabled Stories”
“Fat Ham”
“Good Night, Oscar”
“Life of Pi”
“Peter Pan Goes Wrong”
“Prima Facie”
“Public Obscenities”
“Summer, 1976”

Outstanding Revival of a Play
“A Doll’s House”
“Ohio State Murders”
“The Piano Lesson”
“A Raisin in the Sun”
“The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”
“The Thanksgiving Play”
“Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White”
“Wolf Play”

Outstanding Production of a Musical
“& Juliet”
“A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical”
“Dreaming Zenzile”
“New York, New York”
“Some Like It Hot”
“White Girl in Danger”
“Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
“Bob Fosse’s Dancin’”
“Into the Woods”
“A Man of No Importance”
“Sweeney Todd”

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jo Bonney, “Cost of Living”
Shayok Misha Chowdhury, “Public Obscenities”
Anne Kauffman, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”
Kenny Leon, “Topdog/Underdog”
Jamie Lloyd, “A Doll’s House”
David Mendizábal, “the bandaged place”
Awoye Timpo, “Elyria,” and “Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White”
Dustin Wills, “Wolf Play”

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Lileana Blain-Cruz, “Dreaming Zenzile,” and “White Girl in Danger”
Lear DeBessonet, “Into the Woods”
Thomas Kail, “Sweeney Todd”
Casey Nicholaw, “Some Like It Hot”
Jack O’Brien, “Shucked”
Bartlett Sher, “Camelot”
Susan Stroman, “New York, New York”

Distinguished Performance Award
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Topdog/Underdog”
Hiran Abeysekera, “Life of Pi”
Annaleigh Ashford, “Sweeney Todd”
Sara Bareilles, “Into the Woods”
Stephanie Berry, “the bandaged place”
Brittany Bradford, “Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black And White”
Danielle Brooks, “The Piano Lesson”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”
Marylouise Burke, “Epiphany”
D’Arcy Carden, “The Thanksgiving Play”
Jessica Chastain, “A Doll’s House”
Sharon D. Clarke, “Death of a Salesman”
Jodie Comer, “Prima Facie”
Jordan E. Cooper, “Ain’t No Mo'”
Lorna Courtney, “& Juliet”
Micaela Diamond, “Parade”
Todd Freeman, “Downstate”
Harrison Ghee, “Some Like It Hot”
Josh Groban, “Sweeney Todd”
Ryan J. Haddad, “Dark Disabled Stories”
Corey Hawkins, “Topdog/Underdog”
Sean Hayes, “Good Night, Oscar”
Stephen McKinley Henderson, “Between Riverside and Crazy”
Oscar Isaac, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”
Tarra Conner Jones, “White Girl in Danger”
Esco Jouléy, “Wolf Play”
Somi Kakoma, “Dreaming Zenzile”
David Krumholtz, “Leopoldstadt”
Linda Lavin, “You Will Get Sick”
Laura Linney, “Summer, 1976”
Jefferson Mays, “A Christmas Carol”
Patina Miller, “Into the Woods”
Marla Mindelle, “Titanique”
Arian Moayed, “A Doll's House”
Gargi Mukherjee, “Public Obscenities”
Alex Newell, “Shucked”
Jeremy Pope, “The Collaboration”
Colton Ryan, “New York, New York”
Phillipa Soo, “Camelot”
Marcel Spears, “Fat Ham”
Katy Sullivan, “Cost of Living”
Will Swenson, “A Beautiful Noise”
John Douglas Thompson, “Endgame”
Anna Uzele, “New York, New York”
John David Washington, “The Piano Lesson”
Betsy Wolfe, “& Juliet”
David Zayas, “Cost of Living”

Special Recognitions:

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
André De Shields

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
Lear deBessonet

Contribution to the Theater
The Drama Book Shop

The Gratitude Award
Darin Oduyoye

Broadway nominations by show:
“New York, New York” — 4
“Sweeney Todd” — 4
“A Doll’s House” — 4
“Cost of Living” — 4
“Into the Woods” — 4
“Topdog/Underdog” — 4
“Camelot” — 3
“The Piano Lesson” — 3
“Some Like it Hot” — 3
“& Juliet” — 3
“Shucked” — 3
“A Beautiful Noise” – 2
“Fat Ham” — 2
“Good Night, Oscar” — 2
“Prima Facie” — 2
“Leopoldstadt” — 2
“Life of Pi” — 2
“Parade” — 2
“Summer, 1976” — 2
“The Thanksgiving Play” - 2
“Peter Pan Goes Wrong” — 1
“Ohio State Murders” — 1
“Bob Fosse’s Dancin’” — 1
“1776” — 1
“Death of a Salesman” — 1
“Ain’t No Mo’” — 1
“Between Riverside and Crazy” — 1
“A Christmas Carol” — 1
“The Collaboration” — 1

To be eligible for Drama League nominations, productions must have been in previews between April 21, 2022, and April 23, 2023. Nominees are chosen by members of The Drama League. Membership — which can include the ability to vote depending upon the tier — is open and available to industry professionals, artists and audience members by visiting The Drama League’s website. Members must be in good standing by April 15, 2023, to vote.

The Drama League is managed under the leadership of artistic director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and executive director Bevin Ross. The Drama League Awards event chair is Bonnie Comley. The steering committee is chaired by Townsend Teague and also includes Valerie Novakoff Britten, Donna Daniels, Jonathan Demar, Irene Gandy, Sarah Hutton, Kenneth Hyne, Una Jackman, Mary Jain, Paula Kaminsky Davis, Fred Siegel and Kumiko Yoshii.