The Theatre Museum awarded its 2014 Theatre Museum Awards for Excellence at the Players Club
, on Tuesday May 27, 2014. The mission of The Theatre Museum is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the legacy of the theatre. It is the first and only chartered non profit museum dedicated to the history of Theatre. Since 1995 The Awards for Excellence have recognized individuals and organizations for their contribution to theater arts, education, theater history and preservation.
The 2014 Award for Excellence in Theatre History Preservation was presented to Fathom Event’s CEO John Rubey by Peter Gelb of The Metropolitan Opera. Fathom Events is a company that has paved the way for stage-to-screen content. Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters including performances of the Metropolitan Opera, The National Theatre, Broadway shows and more. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, Fathom’s live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 750 locations across the United States. By providing an outlet for alternative content in the movie theaters, Fathom has been able to preserve countless productions for future generations.
This year, BroadwayWorld was honored with the 2014 Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education. Richard Jay Alexander presented the award to BroadwayWorld founder, Robert Diamond. BroadwayWorld is the largest theatre site on the Internet covering Broadway, the West End and beyond to 100 US cities, and 35 countries worldwide. With over 5 million monthly visitors, BroadwayWorld delivers complete up-to-the-minute Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre news, in-depth interviews, extraordinary photo coverage, entertaining video features, lively message boards, ticket discounts, reviews, and more. One of BroadwayWorld.com’s strongest passion points since the sites inception has been a commitment to supporting theater education, which it has done via the site’s popular Student Centers that shine a spotlight on schools at all levels (from Elementary through College) and through numerous online resources and editorial content. "BroadwayWorld.com is a staple in the theater community," said Theatre Museum Chairman, Stewart F. Lane The award was accepted by founder and editor-in-chief, Robert Diamond.
The 2014 TTM Awards were co-chaired by Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Joe Benincasa and Jim Heinze and were produced by Alyssa Renzi and Trav S. D.. Board member Joe Benincasa who was recently recognized by The Actors Fund with a medal of honor will be honored at the 2014 Tony Awards with a special Tony Award
Previous Theatre Museum Award recipients include Jujamcym Theaters, The American Theater Wing, Manhattan Theatre Club, Carmen de Lavallade, Bonnie Comley, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Brantley, Richard m. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, and Sheldon Harnick.
The Theatre Museum currently functions as a museum-at-large until a permanent gallery is located. The Theatre Museum produces exhibitions in collaboration with other cultural institutions in NYC and across the country. For more information see: www.thetheatremuseum.org
Photography: Rob Rich