Awards for Neil Patrick Harris, ‘All the Way’.


As theater awards season rolls on in New York, certain nominees are picking up steam.

One would be the Robert Schenkkan play All The Way, which the Drama League named distinguished play on Friday at its annual awards ceremony. The play, which has already collected prizes from theOuter Critics Circle and the New York Drama Critics Circle — and is considered a strong contender for the Tony — casts Bryan Cranston, another recent OCC Award winner and Tony candidate, as Lyndon B. Johnson.

But Cranston was not given this year’s Drama League Award for distinguished performance, an honor bestowed on only once actor each season. That went to Neil Patrick Harris, for his star turn in the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was also named distinguished revival of a musical.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and The Glass Menagerie were respectively named distinguished musical and distinguished revival of a play, and Menagerie’s John Tiffany earned the Founders Award for excellence in directing. Beloved veteran Barbara Cook was recognized for distinguished achievement in musical theatre.


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