Some of the presenters at the Feb. 3 Theatre Hall of Fame induction may get more attention than the recipients. Two major news-makers of recent weeks -- Bill Cosby and Tony Roberts -- are on tap to bestow honors.
Cosby, the TV star whose son was murdered and who became the target of an alleged extortion plot, is scheduled to appear at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre to induct actor Earle (The Lady From Dubuque) Hyman.
Six other theatre greats will be inducted at the gala ceremony as well. Director Harold Prince is scheduled to induct designer Florence Klotz (Show Boat). Actress Zoe Caldwell is set to induct Eileen Atkins (Indiscretions). As announced by the Hall of Fame's board of directors and the American Theate Critics Association, other inductees will be Brian Timon of Athens) Bedford, Nancy (On the Town) Walker, designer Irene (West Side Story) Sharaff, and critic Richard L. Coe of the Washington Post.
Inductees to the Hall must have at least 25 years of theatre experience and five major credits. Their names will be engraved in one of two halls at the Gershwin Theatre, and unveiled at the ceremony. -- By Robert Viagas