Presented at the 65th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis, the event featured tributes offered by Jason Danieley (Next to Normal, Curtains) and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck performing a selection from Little Dancer; Taylor Mac performing a selection from The Last Two People on Earth; Tony nominee Marin Mazzie performing from Bullets Over Broadway; Karen Ziemba performing a selection from Crazy For You; and cast members from The Scottsboro Boys, including John Cullum and Brandon Victor Dixon.
"At New Dramatists we live in a world of urgent stories told in wildly divergent ways, because the original and distinctive telling of stories is the heart of what playwrights do," artistic director Todd London said in a previous statement. "Susan Stroman is a master storyteller. As a director, choreographer and creative artist, she uses bodies, voices, music, scenery-everything at hand-to theatricalize the tales she tells. It's always a thrill and a joy to encounter her work, two feelings that perfectly describe how it feels to be honoring her achievement."
Stroman's stage credits include serving as director and choreographer of Contact, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, The Scottsboro Boys and Big Fish. She is currently directing and choreographing Bullets Over Broadway.
Past luncheon honorees have included Bernadette Peters, Roger Berlind, Julie Taymor, Horton Foote, Edward Albee, Harvey Fierstein, Chita Rivera, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, Jerry Herman, Terrence McNally, Barbara Cook, John Kander and Fred Ebb, August Wilson and Gwen Verdon.
Founded in 1949, the New Dramatists is one of the country's leading playwright centers and a nationally recognized new play laboratory.