Among those scheduled to be part of the afternoon event are Tony Award winner Richard Easton, Tony nominee Andre de Shields, Tony nominee Dana Ivey, Tony nominee Laurence Luckinbill, Marni Nixon, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Katherine Oliver, Commissioner for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Presented by The Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG), Broadway Salutes, according to press notes, honors "a wide-range of theatre professionals - including stagehands, actors, producers, managers, theater owners, publicists, ushers, agents, make-up artists, dressers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians and more - who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway theatre industry."
Paul Libin, chairman of The Broadway League and vice president/producing director of Jujamcyn Theaters, said in a statement, "I am thrilled that Broadway Salutes is becoming an annual tradition – it is a well-deserved celebration! Broadway contributed $9.8 billion to New York City in 2008-2009 season, thanks in no small part to those who work on Broadway behind-the-scenes."
"Broadway supports 84,000 jobs and generates $477.7 million in tax revenue for NYC," added COBUG chair Tony DePaulo. "Broadway Salutes gives COBUG an opportunity to join with the Broadway League to publicly recognize and thank our colleagues for their individual and collective contributions to this unique and vital industry."
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