Sutton Foster, A STRANGE LOOP, More Win at 2022 Drama League Awards


Sutton Foster and A Strange Loop | Photos: Rebecca J. Michelson and Marc J. Franklin

Dan Meyer
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May 20, 2022 2:55 PM

The 2022 Drama League Awards have been revealed, with The Music Man star Sutton Foster taking home this year’s Distinguished Performance Award, which was presented by past recipient Patti LuPone. Foster, a two-time Tony winner, plays Marian Paroo opposite Hugh Jackman’s Harold Hill in the revival of Meredith Willson’s musical, currently playing on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Winners were announced May 20 at a ceremony held in the Ziegfeld Ballroom. The Drama League’s inaugural prizes for Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Play went to Marianne Elliott Company and Kate Whoriskey for Clyde’s, respectively. The awards were presented by Encores! Into The Woods director Lear deBessonet.

Winning the award for Outstanding Production of a Musical was A Strange Loop, and Outstanding Production of a Play is the The Lehman Trilogy. Earning the revival prizes are the Broadway productions of Take Me Out for Outstanding Revival of a Play, and Company for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.

As previously announced, the 2022 Special Recognition Award Recipients were Hugh Jackman, recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award, presented by Foster; director Lileana Blain-Cruz, honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by the Tony-nominated star of her The Skin of Our Teeth revival, Gabby Beans; Billy Crystal, presented with the Contribution to the Theater Award by his Mr. Saturday Night co-star Shoshana Bean; and Willette Murphy Klausner, who received the Gratitude Award, presented by Ben Vereen.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. For more information, visit

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.