As previously announced, Walton will receive the York Theatre Company's 15th annual Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre. Among those scheduled to take part in the tribute are Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, Judd Hirsch, Tony Walton, Veanne Cox, Emma Walton, Kate Burton, Cady Huffman, Nancy Hess and Jenny Fellner. Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will direct the evening's gala concert with musical direction by Steven Lutvak.
The one-night-only event kicks off with cocktails at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. The concert and awards ceremony is scheduled for 8 PM with a cast party and dessert reception to follow.
The Oscar Hammerstein Award was created in 1988 by the York's founding artistic director, Janet Hays Walker. Past recipients include John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, David Merrick, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Jerry Herman and Cy Coleman. Last year's award was bestowed upon Carol Channing.
Tony Walton is the winner of three Tony Awards for his scenic designs for Pippin, The House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls. He was also nominated for scenic design Tonys for Chicago, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Real Thing, The Front Page, Lend Me a Tenor, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, She Loves Me and Steel Pier. Walton received costume design Tony nominations for The Apple Tree and Anything Goes.
The gala will be held at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Hotel, located in Manhattan at 145 West 44th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 867-1117. For more information visit www.yorktheatre.org.