By David Lefkowitz
and Murdoch McBride
28 Jan 2002
On Jan. 28, several theatre notables will congregate at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre to present awards to this year's inductees to the Theatre Hall of Fame. As she did last year, Marian Seldes, cast-member of The Play About the Baby and the soon-to-close 45 Seconds From Broadway, will serve as "mistress of ceremonies" for the 31-year-old, annual, by-invitation-only event.
According to spokespersons at the Keith Sherman press office, this year's honorees are:
Robert Brustein, founding director of Yale Rep and MA's American Repertory Theatre, where he still serves as artistic director. A Harvard English professor and drama critic for The New Republic, Brustein will be inducted by TV newsman Mike Wallace.
Alvin Colt, costume designer of The Golden Apple, Li'l Abner, Pipe Dream and the original Guys and Dolls, will be intro'd by producer Cy Feuer.
The late dancer-choreographer Peter Gennaro (Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story) will be inducted by Martin Charnin.
George Grizzard, whose recent roles include A Delicate Balance and Judgment at Nuremberg and who was the original Nick in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, will be lauded by playwright A.R. Gurney.
Co-founder and managing director of the Phoenix Theatre, T. Edward Hambleton, will be inducted by Rosemary Harris.
Drama critic (Saturday Review), former Drama Desk president and champion of Off-Broadway Henry Hewes gets the nod from Pittsburgh drama scribe Chris Rawson.
American Theatre Wing chair Isabelle Stevenson, most famously identified with the Tony Awards and their TV broadcasts, will be introduced by actress Carol Channing.
Charles Strouse, composer of Applause, Annie, Rags and Bye Bye Birdie, will be intro'd by Producers librettist Thomas Meehan.
Actors' Fund of America president Tom Dillon will receive the 2001 Founders Award.
Inductees to the Theatre Hall of Fame, now in its 31st year, are nominated, and to be eligible they must have “25 years on Broadway or in American Theatre and five major credits.” The Theatre Hall of Fame was founded in 1971. The vote is conducted among members of the American Theatre Critics Association, the living members of the Theatre Hall of Fame and a select number of theatre writers in New York City.
The inductions, executive produced by Terry Hodge Taylor, will take place in the lobby rotunda at the Gershwin Theatre. Last year's roster included Liza Minnelli, June Havoc, Nancy Marchand, Athol Fugard, Jon Jory and Otis Guernsey, Jr.