Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!

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Acclaimed Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell, whose smash hit musical Kinky Boots just received a whopping 13 Tony Award-nominations, was just honored with the 2013 "Mr. Abbott" Award for his outstanding artistry and creativity and breadth of his thirty-year career.

The award was presented at a gala event at B.B. King on May 13 with four-time Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein, a frequent collaborator of Jerry Mitchell (and bookwriter of Kinky Boots), to emcee a tribute written by six-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch. Grammy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music & lyrics for Kinky Boots, introduced a number from Kinky Boots included in the tribute. Director Jack O'Brien presented Mr. Mitchell with the award. Check out full photo coverage from the festivities below!

The "Mr. Abbott" Award, bestowed through SDCF by a committee of Directors and Choreographers to one of their peers, is named in honor of renowned Director George Abbott and is presented to a director or choreographer in recognition of lifetime achievement. Past recipients of the award include Hal Prince, Bob Fosse, Mike Nichols, Agnes DeMille, Michael Bennett, Trevor Nunn, Susan Stroman, Graciela Daniele, and the 2011 recipient, George C. Wolfe. Mrs. Joy Abbott, George Abbott's widow, will be in attendance.

Founded in 1965, SDCF exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. SDCF's goals are to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; to gather and disseminate craft and career information; to promote the profession to emerging talent; to provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; to increase the awareness of the value of directors' and choreographers' work, and to convene around issues affecting theatre artists.

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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Becky Gulsvig & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Annaleigh Ashford, Becky Gulsvig & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Andy Karl

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Andy Karl

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Becky Gulsvig, Andy Karl

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Becky Gulsvig, Andy Karl

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Andy Karl & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Annaleigh Ashford, Becky Gulsvig, Andy Karl & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Annaleigh Ashford, Becky Gulsvig, Andy Karl & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Andy Karl

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Andy Karl, Becky Gulsvig

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Andy Karl, Annaleigh Ashford

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter, Stark Sands

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter, Stark Sands

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter, Stark Sands

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Billy Porter, Stark Sands

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
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Billy Porter, Stark Sands

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Angie Schworer

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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
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Tory Ross

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross

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Tory Ross, Angie Schworer, Annie Golden, Sara Gettelfinger

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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Jennifer Cody, Angie Schworer, Tory Ross, Annie Golden, Sara Gettelfinger, Rachel deBenedet, & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross, Sara Gettelfinger, Rachel deBenedet, Annie Golden, Angie Schworer, Jennifer Cody & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross, Sara Gettelfinger, Rachel deBenedet, Annie Golden, Angie Schworer, Jennifer Cody & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
Tory Ross, Sara Gettelfinger, Rachel deBenedet, Annie Golden, Angie Schworer, Jennifer Cody & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter, Stark Sands and More Perform at The 'Mr. Abbot' Award Ceremony Honoring Jerry Mitchell!
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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