By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on March 24, 2013 12:27 PM
Since 1922, The Drama League Awards have been recognizing excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater, making them America's oldest theatrical honors. This year, the Drama League -- which includes thousands of members across the nation -- is bestowing special honors on beloved Tony Award-winning actress and singer Bernadette Peters, acclaimed director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and The Rockettes (known of course for their yearly appearance in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular). Bernadette Peters (Follies, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun) is being given the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award for her decades-long contribution to the art form (her first appearance on Broadway was in The Most Happy Fella in 1959). Jerry Mitchell, who is currently represented on Broadway by the new musical Kinky Boots, is receiving The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. The Rockettes, along with Madison Square Garden Entertainment, are being given the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for their longstanding contribution to the promotion of live theater. The 79th Annual Drama League Awards will be held on May 17 at the Marriot Marquis (home of Broadway's Marquis Theatre) in Times Square.