Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters, Actors' Equity to Receive Honorary Tony Awards
Broadway veteran Peters will be honored for her charity work, with special awards going to Jackman for his contributions as a performer and humanitarian and to Actors' Equity Association on its 100th anniversary.
NEW YORK -- Bernadette Peters will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award, and special Tony Awards will be presented to Hugh Jackman and to Actors' Equity Association at the annual ceremony honoring Broadway's best June 10.
The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented each year to an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution to humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Together with Mary Tyler Moore, Peters founded Broadway Barks to promote the adoption of shelter animals. She has also written two children's books whose proceeds go to the charity and is an active supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Standing Tall and Actors Fund of America.
Peters, who starred in this season's acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, has had a Broadway career spanning more than 50 years.
Jackman headlined the record-breaking hit Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway this season, appeared in the play A Steady Rain in 2009 opposite Daniel Craig and won a Tony for best actor in a musical in 2004 for his role as entertainer Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. He is scheduled to return to Broadway during the 2013-14 season in the new musical Houdini, written by Aaron Sorkin with songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).
During his most recent stint on the New York stage, Jackman singlehandedly topped the annual Broadway Cares fundraising drive by auctioning off his undershirts after performances for as much as $10,000 each. In half the time of other participating productions, he raised $857,740.
Given that his Back on Broadway song-and-dance show fits into neither the play nor musical category, the special Tony might be the awards committee's way of recognizing Jackman's status as a beloved Broadway ambassador now that the Special Event award no longer exists.
The special award to Actors' Equity coincides with the start of the organization's 100th anniversary in June.
The 66th annual Tony Awards will be hosted by returning emcee Neil Patrick Harris and will air live June 10 on CBS from New York's Beacon Theatre. The nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. EST Tuesday, May 1, and will be streamed live on tonyawards.com.