Harriet Harris, Julie White & Christopher Sieber to Announce 2018 Drama League Award Nominees

By: Apr. 17, 2018
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Harriet Harris, Julie White & Christopher Sieber to Announce 2018 Drama League Award Nominees

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced, today, Tony® Award-winners Harriet Harris(Thoroughly Modern Millie), Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), and Tony Award-nominee Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Shrek The Musical) will announce the2018 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award on Wednesday morning, April 18, 2018 at 11:00AM at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street, 4th Floor). The nominations announcement will be streamed live via BroadwayWorld.com.

The nominations announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 84TH Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:30AM. Tickets and tables to the star-studded luncheon are available for purchase at www.dramaleague.org, or by calling The Drama League at 212.244.9494; VIP tickets include access to the nominees' reception. The event is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics, Official Make-up Partner of The Drama League. The Drama League Awards Event Chair is Bonnie Comley.

Harriet Harris is the recipient of the 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance of Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She appeared on Broadway last season in Present Laughter. Other Broadway: It Shoulda Been You (with Tyne Daly, dir. by David Hyde Pierce), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Cry Baby: The Musical, Old Acquaintance, and The Man Who Came to Dinner (with Nathan Lane, also filmed for PBS). Encores: Little Me. Other New York credits include: Standing on Ceremony; the Fringe Festival smash hit Yeast Nation; Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination); Bella; Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination); The Crucible; Man and Superman; Innocents' Crusade; Christmas on Mars; Rude Entertainment; Macbeth (with Raul Julia) and Hamlet (with Kevin Kline). Regional appearances include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Barrington Stage, Dotty in Noises Off at New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Unusual Acts of Devotion at La Jolla, Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum, Not Waving at Williamstown, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie, Vera in Mame at the Kennedy Center, On the Town (2006 L.A. Stage Alliance Award), Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Month in the Country, Hedda Gabler, and Show Boat (San Francisco Opera). Film credits include Love Is Strange, Memento, Monster-in-Law, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values, and the upcoming Rampart, directed by Oren Moverman. TV credits include "Desperate Housewives" (recurring as Felicia Tillman), "Frasier" (recurring as agent Bebe Glazer), "Six Feet Under," "The X-Files," "It's All Relative" (series regular), "Union Square" (series regular), and "The Five Mrs. Buchanans" (series regular). Member of The Acting Company, AEA.

Julie White won the Tony Award for her portrayal of "Diane" in the The Little Dog Laughed. For that performance, she also won an Obie Award and a L.A. Ovation Award and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award. Other Broadway appearances include A Doll's House, Part 2 (Nora), the revival of A.R. Gurney's play Sylvia opposite Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford, Airline Highway (Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Awards noms), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway credits include The Understudy, From Up Here (Drama Desk and Drama League noms), Fiction, Twelfth Night, and Bad Dates for Playwrights Horizons. Film includes Lincoln for Steven Spielberg;Transformers 1, 2, & 3; Michael Clayton; The Astronaut Farmer; and the animated film Monsters vs Aliens. On television she was seen in "Nurse Jackie," "Alpha House," "Go On" (Gracie Award), "The Good Wife," "Man Seeking Woman," "You're The Worst," "Cavemen," "Six Feet Under," "Grace Under Fire," and "Law and Order SVU."

Christopher Sieber was born in St.Paul, Minnesota and grew up in a small town with a population of 642. He started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at 7 years old in "The Christopher Sieber Comedy Cavalcade" seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Later, Christopher moved to New York at 18, put himself through school by working as a singing waiter on a New York Harbor cruise. He finally made his Broadway debut alongside Susan Eagan in Triumph of Love also starring Betty Buckley and F Murray Abraham. From that point on he was lucky enough to star in a string of Broadway shows for two decades. He played Gaston in Beauty and The Beast at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre; Rapunzel's Prince with Vanessa Williams and John McMartin in the revival of Into the Woods; Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie with Sutton Foster and Gavin Creel; and Billy Flynn in Chicago on five separate occasions. Christopher was then cast by Mike Nichols to originate the role of Sir Dennis Galahad in Monty Python's Spamalot with David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Christian Borle, and Sara Ramirez, earning him his first Tony nomination; he also opened the show with Tim Curry at the Palace Theatre on London's West End. From thee, he originated the role of Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical with Sutton Foster and Brian d'Arcy James, earning a second Tony nomination, as well as nominations for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Drama League awards. He played opposite Harvey Fierstein in La Cage Aux Folles as George, then switched parts to Albin on the first national tour with George Hamilton, the first actor ever to play both leads in the same production. Then he played the terrible Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda for two and a half years. Christopher was asked by Eric Idle to be the first to sing the part of Brian in his new symphonic comic oratorio "He's Not The Messiah, He's a Very Naughty Boy" based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, with the Toronto Symphony and at Carramoor in upstate New York. Christopher performed in Cinderella at New York City Opera as Prince Charming, and in many concerts with Mr. Todd Ellison throughout the years. Christopher played Prof. Kevin Burke on the ABC TGIF sitcom "Two of a Kind" with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, as their father; then again seasons later on the ABC sitcom "It's All Relative" with Harriet Harris and John Benjamin Hickey. Other TV: "Sex and The City"; "Elementary"; "The Good Wife"; "ED"; then finally, after 32 auditions, "Law & Order: SVU." Daytime TV: "Guiding Light," "All My Children," and "Another World," where all of his re-curing characters never went anywhere!

The Drama League previously announced the 2018 Special Recognition Awards Recipients: Tony® Award-winner Idina Menzel will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; Tony® Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw, currently represented on Broadway by Mean Girls, Aladdin, and The Book of Mormon,will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing; and the National Endowment for the Arts (represented by Chairman Jane Chu) will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements. The first Drama League Award was presented to Katharine Cornell in 1935; since then, the Distinguished Performance Award has been accorded to a roster of theatre legends such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Sir John Gielgud, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Helen Hayes, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Sir Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters, and Christopher Plummer.

For more information about the Drama League Awards, call (212) 244-9494 or visit www.dramaleague.org.

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