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Top Performances and Productions Honored On and Off Broadway



June 3, 2013 - As Broadway gets ready to celebrate the Tony Awards, various awards and honors have been handed out in recent weeks.

The 58th Drama Desk Awards were given out on May 19 to top honorees including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike for Outstanding Play, Matilda for Outstanding Musical, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Pippin for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. This year’s special awards were given to The New York Musical Theatre Festival, puppet theatre Wakka Wakka, Jayne Houdyshell, Samuel D. Hunter and Maruti Evans.

As the oldest of theatrical honors, the Drama League Awards continued with its awards for Distinguished Play going to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Distinguished Revival going to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The honor of Distinguished Production of a Musical went to Kinky Boots and Distinguished Revival of a Musical went to Pippin.

Honoring off-Broadway productions in 14 categories, The Lucille Lortel Awards were handed out on May 5. Winners included The Piano Lesson with four wins including Outstanding Revival, The Whale with three wins including Outstanding Play and Dogfight with two wins including Outstanding Musical.

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle, chosen by the theatrical critics at local newspapers, magazines and websites, honored Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as Best Play, Matilda as Best Musical and bestowed special citations onto Soho Rep, New York City Center’s Encores! Series and John Lee Beatty for a career in scenic design.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 9, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

In other news, The Broadway League has released the statistics for the 2012-2013 season which ran from May 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013. This year saw 46 new shows including 9 new musicals and 14 new plays which contributed to a record number of 26 plays produced this season. Shows yielded $1.14 billion in grosses and total attendances reached 11.6 million with new and continuing productions running a total of 1430 playing weeks.

The Broadway League has also launched a new website - Broadway.org - which aims to serve as a one-stop destination for Broadway tickets and information as well as for touring productions across North America.

- Michael Avila
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