The Theater Hall of Fame Inc. has announced its 2018 inductees: actors Rene Auberjonais, Christine Baranski, and Cicely Tyson; playwrights María Irene Fornés, David Henry Hwang, and Adrienne Kennedy; director Joe Mantello; and, posthumously, producer James Houghton.
The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater Induction Ceremony will be held November 12 at the Gershwin Theatre.
Three-time Tony nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee Dana Ivey will host the evening.
The Theater Hall of Fame was created in 1970 at the Gershwin Theatre by James M. Nederlander and Earl Blackwell. To be eligible for nomination, the theatre professional must have, at least, 25 years in the Broadway theatre, five major productions, or be a leader of Off-Broadway or a regional theatre pioneer.
The annual voters are the Theater Hall of Fame members and 250 theatre critics across the United States. Over 40 nominees in ten categories are listed on the ballot each year.
Last year's honorees included actors Audra McDonald, the late Marin Mazzie, and Matthew Broderick; playwrights Arthur Kopit and Tina Howe; director Oskar Eustis; producer Daryl Roth; and, posthumously, theatre critic Ernie Schier.