Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Special Tony Awards

The winners of the 2010 Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre have been announced and the winners are two Broadway legend ... Marian Seldes and Alan Ayckbourne.  David Hyde Pierce has been awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award for his work fighting Alzheimers Disease.  Tony Honors have also gone to the Alliance of Resident Theatres New York, Tom Viola (head of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids), and B.H. Barry (a fight director and choreographer).

Ms. Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1947 in Medea and later became associated with the works of playwright Edward Albee, starring in productions of his Three Tall Women and A Delicate Balance, the latter of which won her her only Tony Award out of five nominations.  She was most recently on Broadway in Deuce opposite Angela Lansbury back in 2007.

Mr. Ayckbourne has more than 74 full length plays to his writing credit, among them The Norman Conquests which won the 2009 Tony for Best Revival of a Play, and has directed over 300 plays.  From 1972 to 2009, he was Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarsboro, where most of his plays have their world premier.

Mr. Pierce has become a Broadway regular in the past few seasons, appearing in Curtains in 2007 and Accent on Youth last spring.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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