Jackman, Peters, Actors’ Equity to Receive Honorary Tony Awards

Jackman, Peters, Actors’ Equity to Receive Honorary Tony Awards

By Doug Strassler

April 30, 2012


"Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway"
Performers Hugh Jackman and Bernadette Peters and Actors’ Equity Association have been selected to by the Tony Awards Administration Committee to receive special Tony awards at this year’s awards ceremony, being held at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 10.

Peters, a two-time Tony-winner who appeared on Broadway this season in “Follies,” will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The award “recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre,” according to the Tony Awards committee. Peters, along with Mary Tyler Moore, is co-founder of Broadway Barks!, a humane organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals. She has also penned two books, "Broadway Barks" and "Stella is A Star," to help benefit the organization. Peters also works with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Standing Tall, and Actors Fund of America.

The award is named after the late American Theatre Wing president Isabelle Stevenson, and was first presented at the 2009 Tony Awards ceremony. Past winners are Phyllis Newman and David Hyde Pierce.

Jackman, a Tony-winner for “The Boy From Oz” and three-time Tony Awards host, will receive a special Tony Award "for his contributions to the Broadway community, both as a performer and humanitarian; his tireless dedication to charitable works of many types; and his personal generosity of spirit," according to the Tony Awards committee.

Actors’ Equity Association, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in June, will also receive a special Tony Award. “Actors' Equity Association is honored to receive a Special Tony recognizing our Centennial Celebration at this year’s Tony Ceremony,” said AEA President Nick Wyman and Executive Director Mary McColl. “This award recognizes the innumerable contributions our members have made to the theater and the theater has made to our country these 100 years. Theater is a tremendous asset to the cultural fabric of America and we are proud to be at the forefront of making plays and musicals come alive for audiences across the nation.  On behalf of our officers, counselors, members and staff, we would like to thank the Tony Administration Committee for this honor.”

The 66th annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live on CBS on June 10. Nominations will be announced May 1 in the competitive categories.


Jackman, Peters, Actors’ Equity to Receive Honorary Tony Awards

By Doug Strassler

April 30, 2012


"Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway"
Performers Hugh Jackman and Bernadette Peters and Actors’ Equity Association have been selected to by the Tony Awards Administration Committee to receive special Tony awards at this year’s awards ceremony, being held at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 10.

Peters, a two-time Tony-winner who appeared on Broadway this season in “Follies,” will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The award “recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre,” according to the Tony Awards committee. Peters, along with Mary Tyler Moore, is co-founder of Broadway Barks!, a humane organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals. She has also penned two books, "Broadway Barks" and "Stella is A Star," to help benefit the organization. Peters also works with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Standing Tall, and Actors Fund of America.

The award is named after the late American Theatre Wing president Isabelle Stevenson, and was first presented at the 2009 Tony Awards ceremony. Past winners are Phyllis Newman and David Hyde Pierce.

Jackman, a Tony-winner for “The Boy From Oz” and three-time Tony Awards host, will receive a special Tony Award "for his contributions to the Broadway community, both as a performer and humanitarian; his tireless dedication to charitable works of many types; and his personal generosity of spirit," according to the Tony Awards committee.

Actors’ Equity Association, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in June, will also receive a special Tony Award. “Actors' Equity Association is honored to receive a Special Tony recognizing our Centennial Celebration at this year’s Tony Ceremony,” said AEA President Nick Wyman and Executive Director Mary McColl. “This award recognizes the innumerable contributions our members have made to the theater and the theater has made to our country these 100 years. Theater is a tremendous asset to the cultural fabric of America and we are proud to be at the forefront of making plays and musicals come alive for audiences across the nation.  On behalf of our officers, counselors, members and staff, we would like to thank the Tony Administration Committee for this honor.”

The 66th annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live on CBS on June 10. Nominations will be announced May 1 in the competitive categories.
 
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