The 1996 inductees to the Theatre Hall of Fame included divas Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, plus two playwrights who won top theatre awards last year, Horton Foote and Terrence McNally.
Foote (1995 Pulitzer winner for "The Young Man From Atlanta") and McNally (1995 Tony winner for "Love! Valour! Compassion!) headed the list of new members inducted January 22, as did Peters ("Sunday in the Park With George") and Stritch ("Show Boat").
Other Hall of Famers: Negro Ensemble Company founder Douglas Turner Ward; actress Marian Seldes ("Three Tall Women"); late actors Raul Julia ("Nine") and Joseph Schildkraut ("Liliom"); and lighting design pioneer Abe Feder.
Winners' names are engraved on the walls of Broadway's Gershwin Theatre.