Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was named Best Play and Matilda, which features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis Kelly, won Best Musical at the 78th annual New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards. No work was honored with a Best Foreign Play prize this year.
Special citations were awarded to off-Broadway’s Soho Rep, New York City Center’s Encores! series and scenic designer John Lee Beatty, who is represented on Broadway this season by The Nance, The Big Knife, Orphans and An Enemy of the People.
The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 26 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The award for Best Play, which has been presented since 1936, is the nation's second-oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
The award for Best Play carries a cash prize of $2,500, which is made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
The NYDCC awards will be presented at a private ceremony, hosted by Cinderella’s Peter Bartlett and Harriet Harris, on Monday, May 13 at 54 Below.