Sarah Paulson, Hell's Kitchen, Stereophonic & More Win Drama League Awards

The Drama League has announced the winners of the 2024 Drama League Awards. The in-person ceremony, hosted by Emmy-winning NY1 reporter Frank DiLella, was held today, Friday, May 17, 2024 at The Ziegfeld Ballroom (141 W 54th St, New York, NY). 

Sarah Paulson won the Distinguished Performance Award for her work in Appropriate; the well-respected honor can only be won once during the career of an actor. Stereophonic took home the Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, while Appropriate won for Outstanding Revival of a Play. Hell’s Kitchen and Merrily We Roll Along earned honors for Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Revival of a Musical, respectively. In the directing categories, Daniel Aukin took home the Outstanding Direction of a Play award for Stereophonic and Maria Friedman took home Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along.

The competitive awards were presented by Lear DeBessonet, Alfred Molina, Bebe Neuwirth and Ben Platt.  LaTanya Richardson Jackson presented The Gratitude Award to Kandi BurressThomas Schumacher presented The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing to Schele WilliamsDaniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez presented The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award to Jonathan Groff; and Jim Parsons presented the Contribution to Theatre Award to Jessica Lange.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theater community — specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League Members nationwide.

The Drama League Awards Event Co-Chairs are Bonnie Comley and Darin Oduyoye. The Steering Committee is Trish Chambers, Jonathan Demar, Irene Gandy, Sarah Hutton, Kirk Iwanowski, Mary Jain, Paula Kaminsky Davis, Fred Siegel, and Kumiko Yoshii.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theater community — the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide. For more information about membership or The Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 x101 or visit 

 The full list of nominations can be found below, with the winners in bold, as well as at


Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play

Stereophonic *****Winner*****

John Golden Theatre/Playwrights Horizons

Written by David Adjmi

Directed by Daniel Aukin

Produced by Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Seaview, Sonia Friedman Productions, Linden Productions, Ashley Melone, Nick Mills; Co-Produced by Jillian Robbins, Stella La Rue, Alex Levy & David Aron, Dori Berinstein, James Bolosh, Burnt Umber Productions, The Cohn Sisters, Cathy Dantchik, Alexander R. Donnelly, Emerald Drive, Federman Koenigsberg, Dann Fink, Ruth Hendel, Larry Hirschhorn, Jenen Rubin, John Gore Organization, Willette & Manny Klausner, LAMF Protozoa, Katrina McCann, Stephanie P. McClelland, No Guarantees, Marissa Palley & Daniel Aron, Anna Schafer, Soto Productions, Sean Walsh, Bruce & Peggy Wanta, Hillary Wyatt, deRoy Howard, Winkler & Smalberg, 42nd.CLUB, Craig Balsam, Concord Theatricals, Creative Partners Productions, Jonathan Demar, Douglas Denoff, DJD Productions, Echo Lake Entertainment, Faliro House, FilmNation Entertainment, Roy Gabay, Gfour Productions, Candy Kosow Gold, and Wes Grantom; and Playwrights Horizons (Adam Greenfield, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager); Associate Producer: Zachary Baer

The Comeuppance 


Grief Hotel

The Hunt

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding 

Mother Play

Oh, Mary!


Prayer For The French Republic

Wet Brain

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play

Appropriate *****Winner******

Second Stage Theater/Belasco Theatre

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Lila Neugebauer

Produced by Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President and Artistic Director; Lisa Lawer Post, Executive Director); Produced in association with Ambassador Theatre Group, Amanda Dubois, Annapurna Theatre, and Bad Robot Live

An Enemy Of The People

Danny And The Deep Blue Sea

Doubt: A Parable

The Effect

Mary Jane

Our Class

Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch

Uncle Vanya

The White Chip

Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical

Hell’s Kitchen *****Winner*****

The Public Theater/Shubert Theatre

Book by Kristoffer Diaz

Music and Lyrics by Alicia Keys

Directed by Michael Greif

Choreography by Camille A. Brown

Produced by AK Worldwide Media, Roc Nation, DML Productions, Julie Yorn, Mandy Hackett, The Jacobs Family, Sharpton Swindal Productions, John Gore Organization, Terria Joseph, Andy Nahas, James L. Nederlander, Clara Wu Tsai, Grove Entertainment, Independent Presenters Network, Della Pietra Spark Theatricals, and The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director); Associate Producer Ana Lara

Buena Vista Social Club 

Dead Outlaw


The Heart Of Rock And Roll



The Notebook

The Outsiders



Water For Elephants

Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical

Merrily We Roll Along *****Winner*****

Hudson Theatre

Book by George Furth

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Maria Friedman

Choreography by Tim Jackson

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Patrick Catullo, Jeff Romley, Debbie Bisno, Lang Entertainment Group, OHenry Productions, Winkler & Smalberg, Stephanie P. McClelland, Timothy Bloom, Creative Partners Productions, Eastern Standard Time, Fakston Productions, Marc David Levine, No Guarantees, Ted & Mary Jo Shen, Gilad Rogowsky, Playing Field, Key to the City Productions, Richard Batchelder/Trunfio Ryan, FineWomen Productions/Henry R. Muñoz III, Thomas Swayne/Lamar Richardson, Abrams Cor Mary Maggio, Osh Ashruf/Brenner-Ivey, Craig Balsam/PBL Productions, deRoy DiMaurio Productions/Medley Houlihan, Andrew Diamond/Katler-Solomon Productions, Dodge Hall Productions/Carl Moellenberg, Friedman Simpson/Vernon Stuckelman, William Frisbie/J.J. Powell, Robert Greenblatt/Jonathan Littman, Cleveland O'Neal III/Tom Tuft, Roth-Manella Productions/Seaview, and New York Theatre Workshop (Patricia McGregor, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Executive Director); Based on the production by The Menier Chocolate Factory


Gutenberg! The Musical!

Here Lies Love

I Can Get It For You Wholesale


The Who’s Tommy

The Wiz

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Daniel Aukin, Stereophonic *****Winner*****

Tara Ahmadinejad, Grief Hotel

Sam Gold, An Enemy of The People

Rupert Goold, The Hunt

Rupert Goold, Patriots

Jamie Lloyd, The Effect

Lila Neugebauer, Appropriate

Lila Neugebauer, Uncle Vanya

Sam Pinkleton, Oh, Mary!

Eric Ting, The Comeuppance

Whitney White, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Maria Friedman, Merrily We Roll Along*****Winner*****

Saheem Ali, Buena Vista Social Club

Sarah Benson, Teeth

David Cromer, Dead Outlaw

Rebecca Frecknall, Cabaret

Des McAnuff, The Who’s Tommy

Leigh Silverman, Suffs

Alex Timbers, Gutenberg! The Musical!

Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love

Distinguished Performance Award

Sarah Paulson, Appropriate *****Winner*****

Betsy Aidem, Prayer for the French Republic

Shoshana Bean, Hell's Kitchen

Gabby Beans, Jonah

Joshua Boone, The Outsiders

Ali Louis Bourzgui, The Who’s Tommy

Steve Carell, Uncle Vanya

Jenn Colella, Suffs

Danny DeVito, I Need That

Caleb Eberhardt, The Comeuppance and An Enemy of the People

Alex Edelman, Just for Us

Cole Escola, Oh, Mary!

Eden Espinosa, The Gardens of Anuncia and Lempicka

Paapa Essiedu, The Effect

Melissa Etheridge, Melissa Etheridge: My Window

Laurence Fishburne, Like They Do in the Movies

Josh Gad, Gutenberg! The Musical!

Eli Gelb, Stereophonic

Brody Grant, The Outsiders

Jonathan Groff, Merrily We Roll Along

Dorian Harewood, The Notebook

Willam Jackson Harper, Primary Trust and Uncle Vanya

Amber Iman, Lempicka

Eddie Izzard, Hamlet

Nikki M. James, Suffs

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Spamalot

Jessica Lange, Mother Play

Kecia Lewis, Hell’s Kitchen

Nichelle Lewis, The Wiz

Maribel Martinez, Bees and Honey

Rachel McAdams, Mary Jane

Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Along

Tobias Menzies, The Hunt

Cynthia Nixon, The Seven Year Disappear

Eva Noblezada, The Great Gatsby

Kelli O'Hara, Days of Wine and Roses

Leslie Odom, Jr., Purlie Victorious, A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch

Patrick Page, All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain

Nicole Ari Parker, The Refuge Plays

Jim Parsons, Mother Play

Sarah Pidgeon, Stereophonic

Aubrey Plaza, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea

Maryann Plunkett, The Notebook

Daniel Radcliffe, Merrily We Roll Along

Gayle Rankin, Cabaret

Andrew Rannells, Gutenberg! The Musical!

Eddie Redmayne, Cabaret

Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love and Oh, Mary!

Corey Stoll, Appropriate

Michael Stuhlbarg, Patriots

Jeremy Strong, An Enemy of the People

Zenzi Williams, Jaja's African Hair Braiding 

Kara Young, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch

Jehan O. Young, The Cotillion

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded.

Alfred Molina, Uncle Vanya

Bebe Neuwirth, Cabaret

Liev Schreiber, Doubt: A Parable


The Drama League advances the American theater by providing lifelong artistic resources for directors and a platform for dialogue with audiences. Founded in 1916, we are one of the longest-running arts service organizations in the country. We enable directors to make the most powerful, impactful work possible across multiple mediums reaching ever-wider audiences, and build sustainable careers. Uplifting directors of all economic classes, races, abilities, genders, and identities is a cornerstone of this mission. We provide support to directors throughout their artistic life, and our work in education offers both continued learning to professionals and introduces the skills of directing to young people. Underpinning our work is the support of our members, a community of ardent theater fans and industry professionals whose commitment to advancing the art form helps develop the careers of the talented directors we champion.   

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