Cicely Tyson, Christine Baranski, David Henry Hwang, More Inducted Into Theater Hall of Fame November 12 | Playbill

Industry News Cicely Tyson, Christine Baranski, David Henry Hwang, More Inducted Into Theater Hall of Fame November 12 Nathan Lane, Frank Langella, and Carmen de Lavallade are among the presenters at the Gershwin Theatre.
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The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater Induction Ceremony is held November 12 at the Gershwin Theatre. Three-time Tony nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee Dana Ivey hosts.

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The 2018 inductees include actors Rene Auberjonais, Christine Baranski, and Cicely Tyson; playwrights David Henry Hwang and Adrienne Kennedy; director Joe Mantello; and, posthumously, producer James Houghton and playwright María Irene Fornés.

Presenters for the evening are Nathan Lane, Frank Langella, Carmen de Lavallade, Estelle Parsons, Mrs. James Houghton, and Lynne Meadow.

The Theater Hall of Fame was created in 1970 at the Gershwin Theatre by James M. Nederlander and Earl Blackwell. To be eligible for nomination, the theatre professional must have at least 25 years in the Broadway theatre, five major productions, or be a leader of Off-Broadway or a regional theatre pioneer.

The annual voters are the Theater Hall of Fame members and 250 theatre critics across the United States. Over 40 nominees in ten categories are listed on the ballot each year.

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Last year's honorees included actors Audra McDonald, the late Marin Mazzie, and Matthew Broderick; playwrights Arthur Kopit and Tina Howe; director Oskar Eustis; producer Daryl Roth; and, posthumously, theatre critic Ernie Schier.

Terry Hodge Taylor produces the annual event; attendance is by invitation only. For more information, visit

Inside the Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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