Death of a Salesman and Fosse were the biggest winners at the Friends of New York Theatre Awards, given June 13 at 7:30 PM at the Broadway Grill. Salesman won the most with four prizes, awarded for Outstanding Revival, Leading Actor in a Play, Leading Actress in a Play and Supporting Actor in a Play. Fosse was next with three, Outstanding Musical, Supporting Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Broadway Debut.
Joining 1999's FANYs were presenters (and former FANY winners/nominees) Leo Burmester (The Civil War), Robert Cuccioli, Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Gordon Connell, Harry Groener (If Love Were All), Tommy Hollis (Ragtime), Michelle Pawk (Cabaret), Jennifer Piech (Titanic), Lynne Thigpen (An American Daughter), Elizabeth Parkinson, Scott Wise (Fosse) and Karen Ziemba (Chicago).
Polly Pope ("Soap") stepped in for an ailing Ron Taylor, who was hospitalized on Saturday. Taylor, who was suffering from high blood pressure among other things, is expected to be released June 14.
The '98-'99 FANY nomination deadline was March 28. Rendered ineligible for this year's awards were The Iceman Cometh, Marlene, Ring Round the Moon, Fascinating Rhythm, Amy's View, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and The Lonesome West.
One award, Outstanding Book of a Musical, was not given this year, because the required three nominees were not found for the category. The 1998-99 FANY winners, in bold marked by an asterisk, are:
Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play
James Black, Not About Nightingales
* Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman
Finbar Lynch, Not About Nightingales
Liam Neeson, The Judas Kiss
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
* Angelica Torn, Side Man
Claire Bloom, Electra
Patricia Kilgariff, Night Must Fall
Wendy Makkena, Side Man
Outstanding Broadway Debut--A Tie
* Emily Bergl, The Lion in Winter * Elizabeth Parkinson, Fosse
Roger Howarth, The Lion in Winter
Judy Parfitt, Night Must Fall
This year's Special Awards went to Gwen Verdon for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre and Alfred Uhry for his "outstanding contribution to this theatrical season" (which includes his book for Parade).
The Friends of New York Theatre Awards are chosen by the members of their organization, which is open to anyone for a membership fee. Dues range from $200-$25. The Friends of New York Theatre are located on the web at http://www.fanyawards.com.