The York Theatre Company, which is located in the Theater at Saint Peter's Church in the Citicorp Center (Lexington at 54th Street), will present producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh with the 13th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award at a June 3 benefit.
The award commemorates lifetime achievement in the musical theatre and was created in 1988 by York's founding artistic director Janet Hays Walker. David Merrick, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Jerry Herman and Cy Coleman are past recipients. Last year's award was given to the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb.
Mackintosh, who is the producer of the current revival of Oklahoma!, will be feted by an array of Broadway and Off-Broadway performers, including Liz Callaway, Jim Dale, Erin Dilly, Christine Ebersole, Debbie Gravitte, Kevin Gray, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin, Brad Oscar, Faith Prince, Marla Schaffel and Karen Ziemba.
The producer of such international hits as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, Mackintosh was knighted in the 1996 New Year's Honours for his services to the British theatre. The 56-year-old U.K. native owns seven West End theatres including The Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queens, Wyndhams, Albery and the Strand.
The award will be presented at 6:45 PM at the Florence Gould Hall at the Alliance Française (55 East 59th Street), and following the ceremony, a dinner will be held at Barneys New York (660 Madison Avenue). Tickets for the cocktail reception, silent auction, concert and award ceremony begin at $150; tickets for the cocktail reception, concert and award ceremony, dinner and entertainment plus a live auction begin at $300. Call The York Theatre Company at (212) 935-5824 x 21 for more information and to make reservations. —By Andrew Gans and Kenneth Jones