Tonys: 'Hedwig' Creator John Cameron Mitchell to Receive Special Award
'Wicked' composer Stephen Schwartz will be honored with this year's Isabelle Stevenson Award for humanitarian or charitable contributions.
John Cameron Mitchell, the co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and Stephen Schwartz, the veteran composer behind such iconic musicals as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, have both been tapped to receive special Tony Awards at the June 7 ceremony.
Mitchell will be presented with the 2015 Special Tony Award, fresh off his return to the role of the transgender rocker in the cult musical that he co-wrote with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask. Following in the heels of Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall, Mitchell played Hedwig in a triumphant three-month stint that wrapped on Sunday. Darren Criss steps into the role this week.
The Hedwig production won four Tonys last year, including best musical revival, lead actor for Harris and featured actress for Lena Hall.
Prior to his recent stint in Hedwig, Mitchell's Broadway credits include roles in The Secret Garden, Big River and Six Degrees of Separation. He is currently preparing to direct his next feature, the Neil Gaiman adaptation How to Talk to Girls at Parties, with Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.
Schwartz will receive this year's Isabelle Stevenson Award, presented annually to a member of the Broadway community who has made a substantial contribution in humanitarian, social services or charitable areas. The composer is being honored for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent through his work with ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and ASCAP Foundation, and for developing new partnerships during his six-year tenure as president of the Dramatists Guild.
The recent revival of his show Pippin won Tonys in 2013 for best musical revival, lead and featured actress and director. His blockbuster hit Wicked has been playing to capacity houses on Broadway since 2003, grossing $921 million to date.
Nominations in the competitive fields for the 69th Annual Tony Awards will be announced tomorrow morning by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. The awards presentation will take place Sunday June 7, broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall. The host for this year's ceremony has not yet been announced.