Third Annual Broadway Salutes Changes Venue; Bebe Neuwirth Joins Celebration
By Andrew Gans
The Broadway League and The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds will present the third annual Broadway Salutes, a public celebration recognizing the countless professionals who have made Broadway great for decades, Sept. 20. Due to the possibility of rain, the event will now take place indoors at the Times Square Visitors Center (7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Street).
In the industry-wide celebration, beginning at 4:30 PM, theatre professionals will receive special recognition for having worked 25, 35, and 50+ years in their respective theatrical craft. Special recognition will be given to 25-year inductee Paula Chase, 35-year inductee Pat Dale and 50-year inductee Gerard Burns.
Broadway Salutes, directed by Marc Bruni with music direction by Todd Ellison, will also feature performances by Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!) and Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza (Company). Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), city council speaker Christine Quinn and the newly announced Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth will be among the special guests at the event.
The annual event recognizes a wide-range of theatre professions – including stagehands, actors, producers, managers, theatre owners, press agents, ushers, agents, make-up artists, dressers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians, casting agents and more – who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway industry.
"Broadway Salutes is an opportunity for everyone to recognize the hundreds of people who make Broadway happen behind the scenes and on stage," said Broadway Salutes co-chairperson Nina Lannan in a statement. "On this day, the artists as well as the crafts people and technicians who are never seen by the audience will be recognized for their tremendous talent."
The Broadway Salutes committee comprises Daniel Adamian (League), Rob Ahrens (producer), Michael David (producer), Tony DePaulo (IATSE), Nick Kaledin (ATPAM), Patrick Langevin (USA Local 829), Nina Lannan (general manager), Aaron Lustbader (general manager), Carl Mulert (USA Local 829), Lawrence Paone (Local 751), Laura Penn (SDC), Paige Price (AEA), Mark Schweppe (Shubert Organization), Flory Seery (General Manager), Charlotte St. Martin (The Broadway League), Pat White (Local 764) and Barbara Wolkoff (SDC).
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The members of the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds have labor contracts or work for or with the Broadway League.
For more information, visit www.broadwaysalutes.com.
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