23 April 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The Drama League has announced its 2014 nominees for the 80th annual Drama League Awards. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, they’re the oldest theatrical honors in America, and are the only major theater awards determined by audience votes. The five competition sections—Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance Award—include nominations for “Of Mice and Men,” starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester; “Aladdin,” starring Adam Jacobs, James Monroe Iglehart (also nominated for a Distinguished Performance Award), and Courtney Reed; and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” starring Jessie Mueller and Jake Epstein. Special Recognition Honors will be presented to Barbara Cook (“The Music Man”) for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award, Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America for the Unique Contribution to the Theatre award, and John Tiffany for Excellence in Directing. The awards will be »

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