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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Awards Watch: Drama League 2008

It may have failed to get a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical, but A Catered Affair was just fine for the Drama League. The new tuner, based on the classic Bette Davis movie The Catered Affair, was named Distinguished Production of a Musical by the group, an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to "encouraging the finest in professional theatre".

Winners, which also included August: Osage County, South Pacific, Macbeth and Gypsy's Patti LuPone (named the winner of the Distinguished Performance Award out of 70 (!) nominees), were announced at a luncheon yesterday, hosted by Affair's co-star/librettist Harvey Fierstein. Broadway.com has a report from the scene, which included an unexpected marriage proposal for one Cheyenne Jackson.

Cheyenne (and his Xanadu - which just announced its first national tour) are also among the nominees for the 9th Annual Broadway.com Audience Awards. Nominations have been announced for "the only theatrical award that honors the best of the season as chosen by regular theatergoers" and voting is currently underway. Other screen-to-stage favorites among the nominees (see the comments section below for a quick look) include A Bronx Tale, A Catered Affair, Grease, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid, Monty Python's Spamalot, Rent, The Ritz, The 39 Steps, Wicked and Young Frankenstein, which leads the pack with 10 nods.

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  1. A complete list of this year's nominees:

    Favorite New Broadway Musical
    A Catered Affair
    In the Heights
    The Little Mermaid
    Xanadu
    Young Frankenstein

    Favorite New Broadway Play
    August: Osage County
    Is He Dead?
    November
    Rock 'n' Roll
    The 39 Steps

    Favorite Broadway Musical Revival
    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Grease
    Gypsy
    South Pacific
    Sunday in the Park with George

    Favorite Broadway Play Revival
    Boeing-Boeing
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Macbeth
    The Ritz

    Favorite New Off-Broadway Musical
    Adding Machine
    Frankenstein
    Make Me a Song
    Next to Normal
    Walmartopia
    Favorite New Off-Broadway Play
    Dead Man's Cell Phone
    My First Time
    The Receptionist
    Secrets of a Soccer Mom
    Speech & Debate

    Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Musical
    Roger Bart, Young Frankenstein
    Daniel Evans, Sunday in the Park with George
    Cheyenne Jackson, Xanadu
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights
    Tom Wopat, A Catered Affair

    Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical
    Sierra Boggess, The Little Mermaid
    Kerry Butler, Xanadu
    Patti LuPone, Gypsy
    Kelli O'Hara, South Pacific
    Jenna Russell, Sunday in the Park with George

    Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical
    Tituss Burgess, The Little Mermaid
    Robin De Jesus, In the Heights
    Harvey Fierstein, A Catered Affair
    Christopher Fitzgerald, Young Frankenstein
    Boyd Gaines, Gypsy

    Favorite Featured Actress in a Broadway Musical
    Laura Benanti, Gypsy
    Sutton Foster, Young Frankenstein
    Andrea Martin, Young Frankenstein
    Megan Mullally, Young Frankenstein
    Sherie Rene Scott, The Little Mermaid

    Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Play
    Norbert Leo Butz, Is He Dead?
    James Earl Jones, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac
    Nathan Lane, November
    Patrick Stewart, Macbeth

    Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Play
    Claire Danes, Pygmalion
    Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County
    Jennifer Garner, Cyrano de Bergerac
    Laura Linney, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Anika Noni Rose, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Play
    F. Murray Abraham, Mauritius
    Brooks Ashmanskas, The Ritz
    Raul Esparza, The Homecoming
    David Morse, The Seafarer
    Seth Rudetsky, The Ritz

    Favorite Featured Actress in a Broadway Play
    Christine Baranski, Boeing-Boeing
    Laurie Metcalf, November
    Rosie Perez, The Ritz
    Phylicia Rashad, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Marisa Tomei, Top Girls

    Favorite Solo Performance
    Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
    Stephen Lang, Beyond Glory
    Jackie Mason, The Ultimate Jew
    Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale
    April Yvette Thompson, Liberty City

    Favorite Diva Performance
    Laura Benanti, Gypsy
    Norbert Leo Butz, Is He Dead?
    Patti LuPone, Gypsy
    Megan Mullally, Young Frankenstein
    Sherie Rene Scott, The Little Mermaid

    Favorite Ensemble Cast
    August: Osage County
    Grease
    Is He Dead?
    In the Heights
    The 39 Steps

    Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)
    Clay Aiken, Spamalot
    Max Crumm, Grease
    Daniel Evans, Sunday in the Park with George
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights
    Paulo Szot, South Pacific

    Favorite Breakthough Performance (Female)
    Sierra Boggess, The Little Mermaid
    Claire Danes, Pygmalion
    Jennifer Garner, Cyrano de Bergerac
    Laura Osnes, Grease
    Jenna Russell, Sunday in the Park with George

    Favorite Onstage Pair
    Roger Bart & Sutton Foster, Young Frankenstein
    Laura Benanti & Patti LuPone, Gypsy
    Kerry Butler & Cheyenne Jackson, Xanadu
    Max Crumm & Laura Osnes, Grease
    Jackie Hoffman & Mary Testa, Xanadu

    Favorite Replacement (Male)
    Clay Aiken, Spamalot
    Blake Bashoff, Spring Awakening
    Matt Doyle, Spring Awakening
    Mario Lopez, A Chorus Line
    Bob Saget, The Drowsy Chaperone

    Favorite Replacement (Female)
    Annaleigh Ashford, Wicked
    Stephanie J. Block, Wicked
    Tamyra Gray, Rent
    Judy Kuhn, Les Miserables
    Hannah Waddingham, Spamalot

    Favorite Long-Running Broadway Show
    Hairspray
    Rent
    Spamalot
    Spring Awakening
    Wicked

    Favorite Long-Running Off-Broadway Show
    Altar Boyz
    Blue Man Group
    Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening
    I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
    Stomp

    Favorite New Broadway Song
    "If Only" - The Little Mermaid
    "In the Heights" - In the Heights
    "Please Don't Touch Me" - Young Frankenstein
    "Roll in the Hay" - Young Frankenstein
    "She's In Love" - The Little Mermaid

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