Broadway Theater Institute's 2003 Awards Go to Players Club, BMI Workshop, Editor John Willis and More

News   Broadway Theater Institute's 2003 Awards Go to Players Club, BMI Workshop, Editor John Willis and More Broadway Theater Institute, the not-for-profit group with the mission of "protecting, perpetuating and preserving" the history and experience of Broadway theatre, announced the 2003 recipients of its Awards for Excellence.

A ceremony will be held Sept. 15 at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. Gerard Alessandrini, award-winning writer and director of Forbidden Broadway, will emcee.

The roster of awardees and presenters include:

  • Award for Excellence in Theatre History Preservation, presented to The Players, accepted by Players president Timothy Hutton and presented by Shubert Organization chairman Gerald Schoenfeld.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to John Willis, editor of Theatre World since 1945, presented by actor and director Cliff Robertson.

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  • Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education, presented to The BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, accepted by composer-lyricist Maury Yeston, presented by the creators of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (alums of the workshop).
  • Award for Distinguished Service to the Theatre, presented to Materials for the Arts, accepted by executive director Harriet Taub, presented actor B. D. Wong.
  • Special Award presented to St. Malachy's-The Actors' Chapel on its 100th Anniversary, accepted by Fr. Joseph A. Kelly, S. J., presented by author, humorist and actor Malachy McCourt. Individual tickets begin at $125. The festivities will start with a cocktail reception at 6 PM. The program begins at 7 PM. BTI president Helen Marie Guditis and state Sen. Liz Kruger will speak,

    For information and to order tickets, call (212) 956-5481, extension 205.

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