Presented by the Theatre Hall of Fame, the annual luncheon honored Lansbury for her return to the stage in Deuce, which co-stars fellow Tony winner Seldes. The afternoon at the New York Friars club also featured the presentation of the Seldes-Kanin Fellowships to actress Jennifer Mudge, playwright David Adjmi and the songwriting team of Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.
The fellowships are $1,000 grants given to emerging theatre artists who "have been active in the New York theatre for a minimum [of] five years, and [have] demonstrated the ability to pursue the theatre as their career." This year's selection committee included Seldes, Terrence McNally and Jerry Herman.
At left (from top): Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes; Helen Stenborg and Estelle Parsons; Dina Merrill and Roger Berlind; William Ivey Long and Willa Kim; George Hearn, Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou; Betsy von Furstenberg and Frances Sternhagen; Len Cariou and Elaine Orbach; Jerry Herman and Angela Lansbury.
Below: Marian Seldes (right) presents the Seldes-Kanin Fellowships to Marcy Heisler, Zina Goldrich, David Adjmi and Jennifer Mudge.
photos by Aubrey Reuben