Photo Coverage: 2007 Tony Awards for Excellence in Theatre

The American Theatre Wing and the League of American Theatres and Producers presented the 2007 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre on Tuesday October 30 at 11:30AM at the world-famous Tavern on the Green (Central Park at West 67th Street).

Awards went to Gemze De Lappe, world renowned dancer and choreographer; Alyce Gilbert, longtime wardrobe supervisor currently the wardrobe supervisor on Wicked; Neil Mazzella, proprietor of Hudson Scenic Studios; and Seymour "Red" Press, legendary musical coordinator and contractor.

Hosted by Tony Award Winner Tommy Tune, the event featured musical performances by Patti LuPone, the cast of Young Frankenstein, Katie Adams and Julia Murney from Wicked as well as a performance from The King & I.

Established in 1990, The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre are awarded annually by the Tony Administration Committee 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. A full list of past Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre recipients can be found at www.tonyawards.com.

Photos by Ben Strothmann


Seymour Press


Award receipients: Seymour Press, Alyce Gilbert, Gemze De Lappe and Neil Mazzella


Cast members of Young Frankenstein


Alyce Gilbert


Host Tommy Tune


Neil Mazella and Mark Linn Baker


Seymour "Red" Press


Seymour Press, Gemze De Lappe, Sondra Gilman, Tommy Tune, Alyce Gilbert, Neil Mazzella and Doug Leeds


Marian Seldes greeting the honorees: Charlotte St. Martin, Seymour Press, Gemze De Lappe, Sondra Gilman, Tommy Tune, Alyce Gilbert, Neil Mazzella and Doug Leeds


Charlotte St. Martin, Seymour Press, Gemze De Lappe, Sondra Gilman, Tommy Tune, Alyce Gilbert, Neil Mazzella and Doug Leeds


Charlotte St. Martin, Seymour Press, Gemze De Lappe, Sondra Gilman, Tommy Tune, Alyce Gilbert, Neil Mazzella and Doug Leeds

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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