The ceremony — at the Gershwin Theatre (222 W. 51st Street) — was followed by dinner at the famed Sardi's Restaurant on West 44th Street. The 2002 inductees included actors Stockard Channing, Tammy Grimes, Frank Langella and Jean Stapleton; playwrights Larry Gelbart and David Mamet; producer Bernard Gersten; and scenic designer John Lee Beatty. To be eligible for induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame, artists must have “25 years on Broadway or in American Theatre and five major credits.” The Theatre Hall of Fame was founded in 1971 by Earl Blackwell, James M. Nederlander and Arnold Weissberger.
Photos by Aubrey Reuben
BOTTOM: (L-R) Isabelle Stevenson, Carol Channing, Frank Langella, Patti LuPone, Andre Bishop and John Lee Beatty, and Frank Langella and Chita Rivera at the Theater Hall Of Fame 2002 ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre