Joel Grey Hosts Theater Hall of Fame Ceremony Jan. 27 at the Gershwin Theatre

By Andrew Gans
27 Jan 2014

Joel Grey
Joel Grey

Tony Award winner Joel Grey hosts the 43rd Annual Theatre Hall of Fame ceremony, which is held Jan. 27 in the Gershwin Theatre's North Rotunda.

As previously reported by Playbill.com, the 2013 Theater Hall of Fame inductees include actors Cherry Jones and Ellen Burstyn; directors Jerry Zaks, George C. Wolfe and Lynne Meadow; producer Cameron Mackintosh; designer David Hays; and, posthumously, playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Presenters for the evening include Betty Buckley, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Jessica Parker, Phylicia Rashad, John Guare, Jack Viertel and Robert Wankel.

Terry Hodge Taylor produces.



The ceremony will be followed by dinner at the New York Friars Club. The invitation-only evening benefits the Theater Hall Of Fame Fellowship Fund.

Founded in 1971 by James M. Nederlander, Earl Blackwell, Gerard Oestreicher and L. Arnold Weissberger, the Theater Hall of Fame honors Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater.

To be eligible for nomination to the annual ballot, a theatre professional must have 25 years on Broadway and, at least, five major production credits. The annual ballot has 50 nominees in 10 categories, and over 300 members of the Theater Hall of Fame and American Theater Critics Association are the voting body. The top eight nominees receiving the most votes are annually inducted.

Last year's inductees included actors Betty Buckley and Sam Waterston, directors Trevor Nunn and Michael Kahn, producer/director Andre Bishop, playwrights Paula Vogel and Christopher Durang and, posthumously, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz.

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Cherry Jones, who is currently on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie, won Tony Awards for her performances in Doubt and The Heiress and has also been seen in Mrs. Warren's Profession, Faith Healer, Imaginary Friends, Major Barbara, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Night of the Iguana, Angels in America, Our Country's Good, Macbeth and Stepping Out.

Ellen Burstyn, most recently seen in the revival of Picnic, won her Tony for her work in Same Time, Next Year. Her other Broadway credits include Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Sacrilege, Shimada, Shirley Valentine, 84 Charing Cross Road and Fair Game.

Jerry Zaks won Tony Awards for his direction of Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor and The House of Blue Leaves. He has also directed the Broadway productions of Sister Act, A Bronx Tale, Losing Louie, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, 45 Seconds From Broadway, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Epic Proportions, The Civil War, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum, Smokey Joe's Café, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Face Value, Anything Goes and The Front Page. As a performer, he appeared in Tintypes, Once in a Lifetime and Grease.

George C. Wolfe, former artistic director of The Public Theater, won Tony Awards for his direction of The Normal Heart; Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk; and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Among his other numerous Broadway outings are Lucky Guy; A Free Man of Color; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch At Liberty; The Wild Party; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; On the Town; Golden Child; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; and Angels in America: Perestroika.

Lynne Meadow is the artistic director of Manhattan Theatre Club, whose more recent Broadway productions include The Other Place, An Enemy of the People, The Columnist, Wit, Venus in Fur, Master Class, Good People, The Pitmen Painters, Collected Stories, Time Stands Still, The Royal Family, Accent on Youth, The American Plan and more. Tony-winning productions include Doubt, Proof and Love! Valour! Compassion!

On Broadway Cameron Mackintosh has produced Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Oklahoma!, Putting It Together, Swan Lake, Carousel, Five Guys Named Moe, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Song and Dance, Oliver!, Cats and Side by Side by Sondheim. The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Cats all won the Tony Award for Best Musical; the 1994 production of Carousel won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

David Hays was Tony-nominated for his scenic design of The Tenth Man, All the Way Home, No Strings, Marco Millions and Drat! The Cat! His other Broadway credits as a scenic and/or lighting designer include Kingdoms, Bring Back Birdie, Platinum, The Gingerbread Lady, Two By Two, The National Theater of the Deaf, The Miser, The Goodbye People, A Cry of Players, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tiger at the Gates and more.

The late Lorraine Hansberry was the playwright of A Raisin in the Sun, which returns to Broadway this season, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window and Les Blancs. The Broadway musical Raisn was based on her critically acclaimed play.