2014 Theater Hall of Fame Inductions to Take Place on January 26
By: Ellis Nassour
Oscar winner and veteran stage actor F. Murray Abraham, Tony winner and Drama Desk nominee Blythe Danner, Alvin Epstein are the acting contingent of the 2014 – 44th Annual American Theater Hall of Fame inductions. Also destined to enter the annals of theater history are director Marshall Mason, award-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, former New York Times drama critic Frank Rich, and Shubert Organization chairman Philip J. Smith. The inductees will be saluted on January 26 at the Gershwin Theatre. Following the inductions, the honorees are feted at the Friars Club. Terry Hodge Taylor is the executive producer of the American Theater Hall of Fame.
One of the most entertaining parts of the ceremony is the often hilarious introductions of the honorees by long-time associates. The above honors will be presented, respectively, by Brian Kulick, Lynne Meadow, Cherry Jones, John Lee Beatty, Andre Bishop, Dana Ivey, Rocco Landesman, and Bernadette Peters. Each honoree is presented with the Hall of Fame medallion.
The American Theater Hall of Fame, co-founded in 1972 by Earl Blackwell, founder of Celebrity Service and publisher of the International Celebrity Register, and noted theatrical attorney Arnold Weissberger. Mr. Blackwell noted the Hall of Fame would be located in the still-under-construction Uris Theatre (since renamed the Gershwin) in space donated by the theatre lessees James M. Nederlander and Gerard Oestreicher. He announced 90 members of the theater community had been chosen to have their names embossed in bronze-gold lettering on the walls of the theatre’s rotunda. The first group of 23 inductees were also announced that year.
Eligible inductees "come from disciplines including acting, playwrighting, composing, directing, producing, and designing." They must have a career on Broadway spanning at least 25 years with a minimum of five major billing credits. Selections are voted by the 400 voting members of the American Theater Hall of Fame and the American Theatre Critics Association.
For a full list of the American Theater Hall of Fame and much more information, visit. www.theaterhalloffame.org