The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation administers the annual award named in honor of the late, renowned director George Abbott; the honor is presented to a director or choreographer in recognition of lifetime achievement.
Here is a look at the event:
Free Man of Color and Six Degrees of Separation playwright John Guare penned the tribute, which was directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) and had music direction by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Shrek). Hope Clarke was the choreographer.
The event included appearances by Elaine Stritch, Tonya Pinkins, Ellen Barkin, Jeffrey Wright, Bobby Cannavale, Ann Duquesnay, John Benjamin Hickey, Joe Mantello, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Charlayne Woodard. Of the selection, Karen Azenberg, president of SDC and Chairperson of the SDC Foundation Committee, said in a previous statement, "His artistry and vision as reflected in his body of work is enough of a reason to present George C. Wolfe with the Mr. Abbott Award for lifetime achievement. And yet SDCF also wishes to celebrate Mr. Wolfe for his impact on the field, both the non-profit as well as the commercial theatre. Through his craft and his industry leadership, Mr. Wolfe has influenced the cultural landscape, and the American theatre is stronger for his presence." Wolfe added, "I am truly proud to be this year’s recipient of the ‘Mr. Abbott’ Award and overjoyed to have my name added to the astonishing list of past honorees."
Tickets for the gala event, beginning at $175, are available by phoning (212) 626-2745 or by phoning SDCweb.org. The Edison Ballroom is located at 240 West 47th Street.