Photo Coverage: Drama League Awards-The Men

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The 75th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon took place on Friday, May 15, 2009 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square (1535 Broadway at 46th Street). The event was co-hosted by Jeremy Irons (Impressionism) and Cynthia Nixon (Distracted).Each season, The Drama League presents competitive awards in five categories: Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play and the Distinguished Performance Award.

Nominations for these awards were announced on Tuesday, April 21.

The winners for the 75th Annual Drama League Awards were:

Distinguished Production of a Musical: BILLY ELLIOT

Distinguished Production of a Play: GOD OF CARNAGE

Distinguished Revival of a Musical: HAIR

Distinguished Revival of a Play: BLITHE SPIRIT

Distinguished Performance Award: Geoffrey Rush

Earlier this spring, The Drama League announced the recipients of its annual special recognitions: Elton John received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award, Arthur Laurents was honored with the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing and Angela Lansbury received the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award. In addition, Broadway porducer Herb Blodgett received The Drama League's 75th Anniversary Leadership Award.

The Drama Leaguewas founded in 1916 as an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theatre, and has since developed into the theatre's premiere service organization.

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Photo Coverage: Drama League Awards-The Men
The 75th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

Photo Coverage: Drama League Awards-The Men
Trent Kowalik, David Alvarez and Kiril Kulish

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Trent Kowalik

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David Alvarez

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Kiril Kulish

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Elton John

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Elton John

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Kiril Kulish, Trent Kowalik, Elton John and David Alvarez

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David Wilson

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Joshua Cruz

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John Lithgow

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John Lithgow

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Patrick Wilson

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Patrick Wilson

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Patrick Wilson

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Geoffrey Rush

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Geoffrey Rush

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David Hyde Pierce

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John Glover

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Danny Hoch

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Constantine Maroulis

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Bill Irwin

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Harold Prince

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Alexander Gemignani and wife, Erin Ortman

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Jason Moore and Jeanine Tesori

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Will Swenson

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Will Swenson and Gavin Creel

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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