Updated: 05/22/2000 1:54:28 PM
Lansbury Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from
New Dramatists, May 16
By Randy Gener
NEW YORK - Angela
Lansbury, the legendary stage and screen star
who is planning to make a Broadway comeback in
John Kander and Fred Ebb's The Visit
next season, received the 2000 Lifetime Achievement
Award from the New Dramatists Tuesday, May 16
at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.
great honor to receive this lifetime achievement
award", Lansbury told Theatre.com.
"I am especially proud to receive it from
New Dramatists. What this group does is that nurtures
and supports, in various ways, the young writer.
It gives writers an opportunity to be heard in
readings, to work with professional actors, and
to be directed by directors. In other words, they
get an outing for their work that otherwise could
never be heard. If it's heard by just the right
person, that writer will often be discovered and
given a job to develop new work".
THIS AFFECT ME?: This award ceremony is also a
benefit for New Dramatists, a nonprofit workshop
to the development of new playwrights.
A cavalcade of
celebrities turned out the New Dramatists Luncheon.
Divas like Kathie Lee Gifford, Marin Mazzie, Bea
Arthur, Diahann Carroll, Lauren Bacall and Cherry
Jones were on hand, and so were such male celebrities
like Walter Cronkite, Hap Prince, Terrence McNally,
Philip Bosco and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Founded in 1949
by Michael O'Harra and Richard Rodgers, Oscar
Hammerstein II, Moss Hart, Howard Lindsay and
Russel Crouse, New Dramatists has spawned such
playwrights as Paula Vogel, August Wilson, William
Inge, John Guare, Emily Mann and John Patrick
Shanley. Todd London is the artistic director.
Lansbury made her Broadway mark by starring and
winning Tony Awards in the original Mame,
Sweeney Todd, Dear World and
the 1974 revival of Gypsy. She played
Joan Plowright's mother in A Taste of Honey,
appeared in Stephen Sondheim's short-lived cult
musical Anyone Can Whistle. She made
her Broadway debut in 1957 in the French farce
Hotel Paradiso, starring opposite Bert
Lahr. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of
Fame in 1982.
past New Dramatists honorees as Julie Andrews,
Glenn Close, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Neil Simon,
Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Gwen Verdon and
This year's luncheon
(2000) will be held at the Broadway Ballroom of
the New York Marquis, 1535 Broadway, between West
45th and West 46th Streets. A champagne reception
begins at 11:15 AM. The event ends at 2:30 PM.
a board member of New Dramatists, will be the
by Theatre.com's Randy Gener.
Lansbury at New Dramatists Luncheon
© 2000 Randy Gener
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