The Drama League, a service group whose members are theatergoers from across the U.S., announced its 81st annual awards on Friday, providing a bit of chatter-worthy insight into how the winds are blowing for the June 7 Tony Awards. An American In Paris was voted Distinguished Production of a Musical, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as Distinguished Play. Among revivals, the winners were The King And I and You Can’t Take It With You. The indomitable Chita Rivera, at just about the same age as the awards and currently starring in The Visit, was cited for Distinguished Performance.
Additional awards were given to Joel Grey, for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater; New York public TV flagship WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn were honored for Unique Contribution to the Theater for “their vital work in bringing New York theater to viewers across America,” and British director Stephen Daldry, currently represented on Broadway with Skylight and The Audience, was honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.