As previously reported, the 2009 Theater Hall of Fame inductees include actors Jim Dale, John McMartin and Lynn Redgrave; producers Roger Berlind and Ted Mann; composers Stephen Schwartz and Andrew Lloyd Webber; and, posthumously, the late playwright/actor Charles Ludlam. Veteran Broadway publicist Shirley Herz will be presented with the 2009 Theater Hall of Fame Founders Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre.
Playbill.com has learned that presenters will include playwright John Guare; directors Frank Dunlop, Joseph Hardy and Michael Montel; actor Everett Quinton; and producers Paul Libin, David Stone, Marc Platt and Nick Scandalios. Liz Smith will present Herz with her award.
Eligible nominees must have a minimum of five major credits and 25 years in the Broadway theatre. The inductees are voted on by the American Theater Critics Association and the members of the Theater Hall of Fame.
Last year's inductees included actors Nathan Lane and Richard Easton, playwright Alan Ayckbourn, producer Emanuel Azenberg, choreographer Patricia Birch, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and, posthumously, the late actor Roscoe Lee Browne.
Terry Hodge Taylor produces.