Congratulations to Christopher Plummer, who has been racking up plaudits ever since his solo, Barrymore, opened on Broadway. The most recent honor was from the National Arts Club of America, where he was bestowed with the Gold Medal for Continued Excellence In Theatre at a Sept. 8 black-tie dinner. The Club uses the event to honor individuals in various areas of the arts.
Originally from Montreal, Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1954's The Star Cross Story. Other Broadway roles include Beckett, The Lark, Othello and Macbeth. He's won three Drama Desk, two Outer Critics Circles, a Theatre World, a London Evening Standard, and two Tony Awards. In June, the Elliott Norton Awards of Boston gave Plummer an award for Sustained Excellence, only weeks after he took home the Leading Actor Tony for Barrymore.
He's perhaps best known for playing Captain Von Trapp in the film of the musical The Sound of Music, though Plummer's widely varied career includes singing the lead in a musical Cyrano on Broadway, supplying the mellifluous voice of the rhyming narrator in the Madeline children's videos, and portraying a Shakespeare-spouting Klingon in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He is so far the last actor to play Macbeth on Broadway.
Barrymore runs through Oct. 19 at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. For tickets call (212) 239-6200.
--By David Lefkowitz