Titled SpotlightonBroadway.com, the multimedia project launches Sept. 9 and includes an ever-growing series of profiles and documentaries that capture the storied history of Broadway theatres and the landmark productions that played their stages. Broadway houses currently represented on the site include the Booth, the Al Hirshfeld, the Richard Rogers, the August Wilson and the Majestic theatres. The goal is to profile all 40 of Broadway's theatres.
The profiles are studded with commentary from Broadway actors, restoration architects, union members, producers and other industry members. Plans are also being developed for a permanent installation in Times Square. The endeavor is a partnership between the Broadway League and the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment.
The website's launch coincides with the announcement of the first-annual Spotlight Awards, recognizing the work of industry professionals whose talent has shaped Broadway history. Each individual is honored for work in one of the following categories: Industry Support, Actors, Behind-the-Scenes Talent and Producers.
The honorees, officially announced Sept. 9 during the annual Broadway On Broadway concert in Times Square, are actress-dancer Chita Rivera; composer Charles Strouse; actress Arlene Dahl; actor-director-choreographer Tommy Tune; Nick Wyman, president of Actors' Equity Association; Matthew D. Loeb, the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Organization; and veteran general manager Nina Lannan.
Broadway contributes $11 billion to the New York City economy, supporting 86,000 jobs in the industry.