Broadway – The Great White Way.. where stars are born and the music is live! The Tony Awards was last Sunday and it is an event that New Yorkers look forward to, even the non-theater geeks. In a world where men have more parts and more directors you have to credit the extraordinary women that are part of the theater world. And this year was no exception, not only did we have our regular categories for best play and best musical, but there were many women nominated for lighting and lifetime achievement awards; and guess what? They won!! That’s right in a male dominated arena, the women shined.
Below are a few women that have worked for many years in the theater world and received recognition for their involvement and talents. Not to mention, 6-time Tony Winner Audra McDonald. If you haven’t seen her perform live yet, you better run to New York and get your ticket. She is not to be missed. These women have contributed to the theater world in a special way, not just on the stage performing for audiences, but creating the effects of the show with its lighting or the right look for the character with their costumes. This year they also recognized photographer Joan Marcus, who photographs all those wonderful stills you see on the billboards that entices you to go see a play; she has been doing this since 1986. And of course Charlote Wilcox, with her company of the same name, is one of the best General Managers on Broadway. She is currently the GM to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, and has been GM to shows such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as revivals of West Side Story, Grease, and Fiddler on the Roof—and many more. And finally Rosie O’Donnell wins the Isabelle Stevenson Awards for her commitment to arts education and her work with New York City’s public school children through her organization Rosie’s Theater Kids. It’s a non-profit organization that she started in 2003 that provides training in dance, music, and drama.
So let’s congratulate all these amazing women for being part of a male dominated world and creating shall we say it “beautiful music together”. They are all brilliant women that inspire many to continue their passion in the arts, because as you can see it’s lots of fun and I am sure an award or two is not a bad thing either. So go to Broadway see a few shows and support not just the arts but these women at work.
Best Performance/Play – Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill)
Best Performance/Musical – Jessie Mueller (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical)
Best Featured Performance – Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun)
Best Featured Performance – Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
Best Costume Design/Play – Jenny Tiramani (Twelfth Night)
Best Costume Design/Musical – Linda Cho (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder)
Best Lighting/Play – Natasha Katz (The Glass Menagerie)
Lifetime Achievement – Jane Greenwood (Costume Designer over 125 Broadway Productions)
Isabelle Stevenson Award – Rosie O’Donnell (Founder of Rosie’s Theater Kids)
Tony (Excellence in Theatre) – Joan Marcus Broadway photographer who has created production shots for over 300 shows on the Great White Way since 1986.
Tony (Excellence in Theatre) Charlotte Wilcox Founder of The Charlotte Wilcox Company and one of the leading general managers in the Broadway industry.