Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre
The Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre is a non-competitive award created by the American Theatre Wing in 1990. They are presented to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible to compete in any of the established Tony Award categories. The Tony Honors "are announced in the autumn. They are bestowed at a separate ceremony that affords recipients a special moment in the spotlight." As explained in Playbill, "In 2003, a new tradition began for the Tony Honors, which were previously announced during the Tony Awards broadcast. Last year, however, the Honors were presented in the fall..."
- 1990: Alfred Drake
- 1991: Father George Moore, pastor of St. Malachy’s Church (known as The Actors’ Chapel) "for his service and commitment to the needy and elderly of the theater district and improving conditions in the Times Square area."
- 1993: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, "a labor union of professional craftspeople in 900 locals who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry."; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSThe entertainment industry's most active charity addressing the challenges of AIDS.
- 2001: Betty Corwin, founder and director of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; New Dramatists; Theatre World
- 2003: The principal ensemble of Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème; wig and hair stylist Paul Huntley; Johnson-Liff Casting Associates; The Acting Company.
- 2004: The cast of the 2003 Broadway production of Big River; Nancy Coyne, chief executive of the theater advertising agency Serino Coyne; restaurateurs Frances and Harry Edelstein of Cafe Edison and Vincent Sardi, Jr. of Sardi's; photographer Martha Swope.
- 2006: BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop; Forbidden Broadway and its creator, Gerard Alessandrini; William Morris Agency Senior VP Samuel Liff; Ellen Stewart.
- 2007: Gemze de Lappe; wardrobe supervisor Alyce Gilbert; CEO of Hudson Scenic Studios Neil Mazzella; musician and musical contractor Seymour "Red" Press.
- 2010: The Alliance of Resident Theatres New York; B.H. Barry (teacher); Tom Viola (BC/EFA executive director).
- 2011: Bill Berloni (animal trainer); The Drama Book Shop (West 40th Street, Manhattan); Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.
- 2013: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Career Transition For Dancers; William "Bill" Craver; Peter Lawrence (Production Stage Manager); The Lost Colony (play) (Roanoke Island, in Manteo, North Carolina); jointly to Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, the four actresses who share the lead in Matilda the Musical
- "The Award Categories" tonyawards.com, accessed April 9, 2011
- Gans, Andrew."Nominations for Tony Honors Now Being Accepted; Winners to Be Announced in September" playbill.com, August 25, 2004
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- Winship, Frederick M. "Will Rogers,' 'Lost in Yonkers' dominate Tonys", United Press International, June 3, 1991
- Collins, Glenn. "'Dancing at Lughnasa' And 'Crazy for You' Win Top Tony Awards", The New York Times, June 1, 1992, Section C, p. 11
- Gerard, Jeremy. "Tonys Go To 'Kiss,' 'Angels'" Daily Variety, June 7, 1993, p. 1
- Gans, Andrew (November 11, 2003). "Jackman, Seldes and Hairspray Part of 2003 Tony Honors Celebration". Playbill.com.
- Simonson, Robert."Theatre Community Turns Out to Salute Special Tony Honorees" playbill.com, October 27, 2004
- Lipton, Brian Scott."Peter Neufeld, TCG to Receive Tony Award Honors" theatermania.com, September 27, 2005
- Reuben, Aubrey, Strothmann, Ben."Tony Honors, October 24, 2006"The Playbill Broadway Yearbook, 3ed. (books.google), Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007, ISBN 1-55783-732-5, p. 444
- Gans, Andrew.De Lappe, Gilbert, Mazzella and Press to Receive 2007 Tony Honors" playbill.com, October 2, 2007
- Gans, Andrew."Herman, Herz, Newman and Signature Theatre Are 2009 Special Tony Award Winners" playbill.com, May 4, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. David Hyde Pierce, Marian Seldes, Tom Viola, Alan Ayckbourn Win Special Tony Awards" playbill.com, April 21, 2010
- Gans, Andrew. Athol Fugard, Philip J. Smith, Eve Ensler Win Special Tony Awards" playbill.com, April 6, 2011