‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘War Horse’ win Drama League Awards


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‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘War Horse’ were hailed as best musical and best play, respectively, by the 77th annual Drama League Awards, which were doled out Friday at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, emceed by Kathleen Turner. ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘The Normal Heart’ were voted best musical and play revivals, respectively.

Mark Rylance (‘Jerusalem,’ ‘La Bete’) was the recipient of the league’s sole acting prize. The organization is unique among groups giving theater kudos because it hands out only one award for distinguished performance and an individual can be so recognized only once in his or her career. Last year, Alfred Molina (‘Red’) won. Geoffrey Rush (‘Exit the King’) prevailed two years ago.

This year, Rylance competed against 62 rivals for the prize first given to Katharine Cornell in 1935. Among the losers were Al Pacino (‘The Merchant of Venice’), Daniel Radcliffe (‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’), Vanessa Redgrave (‘Driving Miss Daisy’) and Josh Gad (‘Book of Mormon’).

‘’My 92-year-old grandfather really put this in perspective for me,’’ Gad said at the ceremony. ‘He asked me, ‘How many people are nominated?’ And I said, ‘Sixty-plus,’ and he said, ‘Well, you can kiss that one goodbye!’’


See more info at the league’s website.


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-- Tom O’Neil