A ceremony will be held 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.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). Ann Harada, from the cast of Avenue Q, will join Marx and Lopez in a number from the show. The evening will also include numbers from BMI Workshop writers Edward Kleban and Maury Yeston.
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 will speak. State Senator Liz Kreuger has issued proclamations for each of the honorees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also issued a proclamation honoring the Broadway Theatre Institute. For information and to order tickets, call (212) 956-5481, extension 205.