The York Theatre Company will present the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala November 14 at The Edison Rooftop in Manhattan.
The evening will honor Tony-winning Broadway veteran Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!; Anything Goes; Thoroughly Modern Millie) with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Ted Chapin, who was president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization for 40 years, with The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 7 PM and a concert and awards ceremony at 7 PM. Michael Unger will direct the celebration. Additional participants will be announced.
York Producing Artistic Director James Morgan said, “Two show business trailblazers—one on stages and screens of all sizes, the other behind the scenes—Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin have had tremendous impact on musical theatre of the last half-century, and we are thrilled to be honoring them.”
The Oscar Hammerstein Award, named in honor of the late, legendary lyricist and librettist, recognizes significant outstanding achievement in musical theatre. Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Thomas Meehan, Barbara Cook, Paul Gemignani, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, Susan Stroman, André De Shields, and, most recently, Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire.
The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the sustainability of the arts. Past recipients include York Founding Artistic Director Janet Hayes Walker, W. David McCoy, Sarah Tod Smith, Molly Grose, Robert Goldberg, Gerald F. Fisher, Betty Cooper Wallerstein, Riki Kane Larimer, and Elisa Stein.
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