Shoshana Bean, who starred on Broadway in Wicked and Tichina Arnold ("Everyone Hates Chris") will perform.
Parker, who starred as Blanche in the recent Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, will receive The Spirit Award, which is presented to an individual who "brings energy, tenacity, innovation, commitment, talent and, of course, spirit to the theatre scene"; and Pickens, Jr. (8 in Los Angeles, "Grey's Anatomy") will receive The Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual whose "theatrical contributions have been revolutionary, and whose efforts have 'made a historic difference' in the entertainment profession."
Stephen C. Byrd & Alia M. Jones, producers of Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, will also be honored. They will receive The Trailblazer Award, which is presented to individuals whose "pioneering theatrical contributions have been outstanding and unique, and whose efforts have 'blazed a trail' in the entertainment profession."
Willis Edwards, longtime vice president and national board member of the NAACP, will receive the 2012 Humanitarian Award, presented to a group or an individual who has a "history of giving back to the community."
For tickets, call (323) 384-5303. For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, visit NAACPTheatreAwards.com or call (323) 464-7616.