BWW TV: MTI's Freddie Gershon Receives Tony Honor For Excellence In The Theatre
Yesterday evening, June 9th, Music Theatre International Chairman and CEO Freddie Gershon was among the recipients of a 2012 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre at the 2012 Tony Eve Cocktail Party at the InterContinental Hotel. The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories.
In 1994, Gershon conceived Music Theatre International’ s Broadway KIDS/Broadway JR. (www.broadwayjr.com) introducing musical theatre in 30- and 60-minute versions of Broadway works to elementary and middle schools adapted for performance by students (author approved). This American art form is kept alive as students experience the process of performing their own productions of an authentic Broadway musical while collaborating with their fellow students on costumes, sets & other theatre crafts. Since 1994, over 70,000 separate productions have taken place in America, involving 4,000,000 children.
Upon receiving his honor, Gershon gave a touching speech and BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture it! Click below for his heartfelt acceptance.
For more on Freddie, visit www.freddiegershon.com.
Additional recepients of Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre this year are Artie Siccardi, Production Supervisor of Arthur Siccardi Theatrical Services, Inc. who has overseen more than 200 Broadway productions, and TDF Open Doors, Theatre Development Fund’s arts education program. Click here for more on the group and to go inside yesterday evening's ceremony.
The 2012 Tony Awards will be broadcast live on on CBS tonight, June 10, and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The 66th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre on the CBS television network.
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