Will Swenson and Audra McDonald host the 2017 Drama League Awards.
Will Swenson and Audra McDonald host the 2017 Drama League Awards.
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Broadway favorites Audra McDonald and Will Swenson hosted the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on May 19 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

At the ceremony, Hello, Dolly! star Bette Midler received the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award, Bill Berloni received the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award, and Dear Evan Hansen director Michael Greif received the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

These Special Recognition Honors are in addition to the five competitive categories. The 2017 Drama League nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the Distinguished Performance Award will be announced April 19 at 11am at Sardi's Restaurant by Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth.

First awarded in 1922, the Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by both industry professionals and audience members together. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements.

For the full list of nominees, click here.