BWW TV Exclusive: Tony Honors Charlotte Wilcox - A Tony Awards Special Feature by Jerry Mitchell
Every year the TONY AWARDS Committee chooses special people to recognize and honor from the community, who have contributed in a significant way to life, craft and achievements, bettering The Great White Way that is Broadway. This year, they are Joe Benincasa of The Actors Fund, General Manager Charlotte Wilcox and Photographer Joan Marcus. These honors will be presented at the Tony Honors Cocktail Party, a private reception, on Monday, June 2nd at the Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe, attended by industry insiders and the press.
BroadwayWorld.com thought it would be interesting to go a little more 'in-depth' about the recipients, to help you better understand their being chosen and to look more closely into their lives, worlds and work. In addition, we wanted them to be interviewed by someone with whom they shared some sort of history. Next up in the special series is General Manager Charlotte Wilcox. We reached out to Jerry Mitchell, who has worked with Wilcox on many of his Broadway projects over the course of their careers.
Charlotte has been a leader in the industry for over 40 years. As a General Manager and as the founder of The Charlotte Wilcox Company, she has given her guidance and leadership to over 100 shows. Her credits, too many to list in their entirety, include serving as General Manager for productions of: Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Cyrano, all three Broadway productions of Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Taboo, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Drowsy Chaperone, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can and this season Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Charlotte also serves on the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and was a founding member of the Labor Committee for The Broadway League.
Mitchell received the Tony Award in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which his direction was also recognized with a Tony nomination. In the 33 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. His Broadway debut as a choreographer, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (Tony nomination), Gypsy, Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can.
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.
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