THE SCREENING ROOM: Bernadette Peters, Emanuel Azenberg, Hugh Jackman and More Accept Special Tonys (Video)

By Michael Gioia
June 14, 2012

The Tony Awards Administration Committee honored Bernadette Peters, Emanuel Azenberg, Hugh Jackman and the Actors' Equity Association at the 66th Annual Tony Awards June 10 at the Beacon Theatre. Here are the acceptance speeches from Broadway's biggest night.



Peters received the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which recognizes an "individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre." Peters founded Broadway Barks!, along with Mary Tyler Moore, as a program to promote the adoption of shelter animals. Peters has also written two children's books to benefit the charity – "Broadway Barks" and "Stella is A Star." Additionally, Peters works with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Standing Tall and Actors Fund of America.

Veteran producer Azenberg earned a Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement, and Jackman was honored for his "contributions to the Broadway community, both as a performer and humanitarian; his tireless dedication to charitable works of many types; and his personal generosity of spirit."

Also honored were Actors' Equity Association, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and The Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, D.C., which received the Regional Theatre Award.

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Bernadette Peters accepted the Isabelle Stevenson Award:

Emanuel Azenberg received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:

Michael Kahn accepted the Regional Theatre Award on behalf of The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.:

Nick Wyman accepted the Special Tony Award on behalf of Actors' Equity Association:

Hugh Jackman accepted a Special Tony Award: