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Saturday, 19 July 2014 11:07

In Memoriam: Elaine Stritch (1925-2014)

I have never written an in-memoriam for TheAndyGram, but the passing of a theatrical icon the likes of Elaine Stritch, did not allow me to not take notice.

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New York, NY (July 17, 2014) -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of actress and singer Elaine Stritch, who passed away today at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tomorrow night, Friday, July 18th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation

Will Honor Director George C. Wolfe with  “Mr. Abbott” Award

Gala Tribute to be Held at The Edison Ballroom October 3 at 7pm


{module ad_left_body}Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), is thrilled to announce that acclaimed director George C. Wolfe will be celebrated with the 2011 “Mr. Abbott” Award for his incredible breadth and depth of work in the American Theatre.

The Award will be presented at a gala tribute event at The Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street, on Monday, October 3rd.  Festivities begin with a VIP cocktail reception at 6pm followed by the talent tribute at 7pm.  The evening will conclude with a dessert and cocktail reception. 

The tribute to George is written by John Guare and directed by Jack O’Brien.  The music director is Jeanine Tesori, and the choreography is by Hope Clarke.  It will feature those who have worked with George over the years including, Bobby Cannavale, Ann Duquesnay, John Benjamin Hickey, Joe Mantello, Tonya Pinkins, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Charlayne Woodard, among others.

Tickets are available at or by calling 212-626-2745.  Tickets are $175 for tribute and desserts and $350 with VIP cocktail reception included.

The “Mr. Abbott” Award is named in honor of renowned director George Abbott and is one of the only awards given to theatre directors and choreographers by their peers. This honor is presented to a director or choreographer in recognition of lifetime achievement. Past honorees have included Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, Lloyd Richards, Kathleen and Rob Marshall, Tommy Tune, and Michael Bennett.

Upon receiving notification of this honor George C. Wolfe said, “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.”  

George C. Wolfe’s
incredibly distinguished career in the theatre has significantly impacted the theatrical community and the world at large. His varied and impressive directing credits for the theatre include Jelly’s Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards), Angels In America - Millennium Approaches (Tony and Drama Desk Awards) and Perestroika (Drama Desk Award), Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk (Tony and Drama League Awards), Topdog/ Underdog (Obie Award), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Drama Desk Award), Elaine Stritch: At Liberty

(Tony Award-Unique Theatrical Event), The Tempest, The Wild Party, Caroline, or Change, A Free Man of Color and The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award).

Mr. Wolfe is the writer of the award-winning The Colored Museum, which he also directed for PBS. He adapted and directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the world famous Apollo Theatre and conceived/directed a celebration of the American Musical at the White House. At Lyric Opera of Chicago he directed Amistad and for the Public, Blade to the Heat, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Radiant Baby, Macbeth and On the Town.

He directed Lackawanna Blues for HBO which earned him The Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit Nomination for Best First Feature, a Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. Lackawanna Blues also won four NAACP Image Awards, earned seven Emmy Award nominations and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  Mr. Wolfe made his feature film debut directing Richard Gere and Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe.

Mr. Wolfe’s numerous awards and distinctions include: Actors Equity Paul Roberson Award; Stage Directors and Choreographers Society’s Calloway Award; Dramatist Guild’s Hull-Warner Award; New Dramatist Outstanding Career Achievement Award; NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award; Lambda Liberty Award; Spirit of the City Award; Brendan Gil Prize; Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU; Princess Grace Award for fostering the careers of young artists; Cultural Laureate Award; and Ilka Award which is presented by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) to performers who contribute to society through humanitarian efforts. He has been honored as a Library Lion by the New York Public Library and named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

From 1993-2005 he was the Producer of The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and he currently serves on The Presidents Committee for the Arts and The Humanities. George C. Wolfe has had an incredibly distinguished career in the theater having collaborated on shows that have significantly impacted the theatrical community and the world at large. His rise in the theatrical world began in 1989 when he won an Obie for his direction of his own play Spunk. Three years later he burst onto the Broadway scene with a Tony nomination for his direction of the hit musical Jelly’s Last Jam. He subsequently directed both parts of the landmark drama Angels in America (Millenium Approaches and Perestroika) and won his first Tony Award for his direction of Millenium Approaches. He served as the Producer of the Public Theater from 1993 to 2004 and helped to develop new works. He won his second Tony Award for his direction of the groundbreaking musical Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. He began directing for the screen with the HBO film Lackawanna Blues and made his feature film debut directing Richard Gere and Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe. He has directed several major Broadway productions including Topdog/Underdog, The Tempest, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Caroline, or Change, A Free Man of Color, and the recent Tony Award-winning production of The Normal Hear.

Founded in 1965, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. SDCF’s goals are to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; to gather and disseminate craft and career information; to promote the profession to emerging talent; to provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; and to increase the awareness of the value of directors’ and choreographers’ work.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society is a national theatrical labor union whose mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all of its members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers and providing effective administration, negotiations and contractual support.

Tickets to honor George C. Wolfe with the Mr. Abbott Award on Monday October 3rd at The Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street are available at or by calling 212-626-2745.  Tickets are $175 for tribute and desserts and $350 with VIP cocktail reception included.

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Due to popular demand, Tony, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters and Tony & Emmy Award winner ElaineStritch have extended their stay in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award–winning masterpiece A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn. Peters & Stritch were originally only scheduled to perform through Sunday, November 7, 2010 and will now stay with the production through its final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM after 20 previews and 425 regular performances.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, ElaineStritch as Madame Armfeldt, Stephen R. Buntrock as Fredrik Egerman, Bradley Dean as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Ron Bohmer, Ben Davis, Jessica Grové, Gina Lamparella, Katherine McNamara, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

Based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities. Hailed as witty and wildly romantic, the story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider’s web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – featuring a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler – originally opened in 1973 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre and ran for 601 performances. Produced and directed by Harold Prince, the production garnered six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The Sondheim score features one of the composer's best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns,” as well as “Every Day a Little Death,” “The Miller's Son” and “A Weekend in the Country.”

Trevor Nunn’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC debuted to critical acclaim at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2008 and subsequently transferred to the West End where it played a successful limited engagement through July 25, 2009 at the Garrick Theatre. The first Broadway revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC began performances on November 24, 2009 and officially opened on December 13, 2009 at the Walter Kerr Theatre starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, who played their final performance on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch began performances on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

The creative team for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC includes Lynne Page (Choreography), Caroline Humphris (Musical Supervision), David Farley (Set & Costume Design), Hartley T A Kemp (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen  (Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Jason Carr (Orchestrations) and Rob Bowman (Musical Direction).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is produced on Broadway by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.

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