Drama League vs. the Tony’s

Not to be outdone by the Tony Awards, the Drama League has preannounced its nomination announcements. The Tony Awards may have Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons, but the Drama League has tapped Megan Hilty and Justin Long! Hilty and Long may not have quite the resume of the Tony announcers but they are quite vogue.

Hilty is one of the stars of the hit show Smash, so take that Chenoweth. GCB may have its fans, but Smash is Broadway for adults, a more mature version of Glee with far more realistic singing sequences. Yes, Chenoweth may have originated the role of Galinda, but Hilty owned the role when she took over on Broadway. Neither one of these actresses will be seen with Wicked Tickets now, but they are part of the Wicked lineage. Hilty has also starred in 9 to 5: The Musical.

Long is currently on Broadway in the new play Seminar, Theresa Rebeck’s new play. Long has a much longer television and film resume though, one much longer than Parsons. He may not have a sitcom as wildly successful as the Big Bang Theory. He does have Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, He’s Just Not That into You, and Waiting to his credit. Long has been making a career out supporting roles and celebrated reoccurring roles. Most recently he appeared on The New Girl as a romantic interest opposite Zooey Deshanel.

Similarly, the Drama League of New York is slightly less well-known and celebrated than the Tony Awards. Yet, the Drama League Awards predate the Tony Awards. The first Drama League Awards were held in 1935 while the Tony Awards were first presented in 1947. The announcement comes on April 24, 2012, a week before the Tony Award announcements. The Drama League Awards are held well in advance of the Tony Awards too. The 2012 award show will be presented on May 18, 2012 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel with Stockyard Channing and John Larroquette.