Actor Nathan Lane saw off competition from stars including Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal to land the top honour at the New York Drama League Awards on Friday (17May13). Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams, Edie Falco and Alan Cumming were also in the running for the Distinguished Performance prize, but it was Lane's turn in Douglas Carter Beane's burlesque drama The Nance which bagged him the prestigious accolade.
Cyndi Lauper added another award to her collection for Kinky Boots, which was named Distinguished Production of a Musical, while Distinguished Revival of a Musical went to Pippin.
Distinguished Play was bestowed upon Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? landed the Distinguished Revival of a Play honour.
Bernadette Peters walked away with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre trophy and Jerry Mitchell received the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing during the ceremony, which was held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
The New York Drama League Awards celebrate the best in Broadway and Off Broadway and are voted for by the public.
The An Education star joins other big Hollywood names, like Kevin Spacey, Jesse Eisenberg, Alan Rickman and Matthew Broderick among this year's (12) hopefuls, while Ricky Martin has been recognised for his role as Che Guevara in Evita.
And there were double nominations for Martin Luther King, Jr. play The Mountaintop (Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett) and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (Andrew Garfield and Philip Seymour Hoffman).
The 2012 Drama League nominees for Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award were announced on Tuesday (24Apr12).
Clybourne Park, The Columnist, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, The Lyons, One Man, Two Guvnors, Other Desert Cities, Peter and The Starcatcher, Tribes, Seminar, Septimus and Clarissa and Venus in Fur will compete for the Distinguished Production of a Play trophy, while the Distinguished Production of a Musical award will be a battle between Ghost, Leap of Faith, Mission Drift, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once and Queen of The Mist.
The nominated revivals include And God Created Great Whales, Death of a Salesman, Look Back in Anger, Wit, Carrie, Follies, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.
The 78th annual Drama League Awards will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on 18 May (12).
And Alan Menken and Rosie O'Donnell are already winners - they've been named the respective recipients of the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and Unique Contribution to the Theatre prizes.