On Feb. 8, producer Robert Whitehead and his wife, actress Zoe Caldwell, will receive the 1999 Bernard B. Jacobs Excellence in the Theatre Award from the Theatre Group of the UJA-Federation of New York. The annual dinner, to be held at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, will also honor producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann with the Lee Guber Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theatre.
Jacobs, now deceased, was President of the Shubert Organization. Guber produced such Broadway shows as Rags and the 1977 The King and I revival.
Phil Smith and Betty Jacobs will present the Jacobs Award, now in its second year (the inaugural honor went to producer James Nederlander). The Guber Award has been given since 1987 (when the honoree was playwright Neil Simon).
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-- By David Lefkowitz