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Tony Walton to be Honored with Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Acheivement in Musical Theatre on June 6

Tony Walton, who has won distinction as both a set and costume designer, has been announced as this year's recipient of the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre.

Walton will be presented with the award on June 6th at the Hudson Theatre. The York Theatre Company will present the all-star tribute (of which the performers will be announced shortly), while Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall will direct. Cocktails will be served at 6 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM before the concert and awards ceremony commences at 8 PM; a cast party and dessert reception will follow.

Last year's Hammerstein Award was given to Carol Channing. John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, David Merrick, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Jerry Herman and Cy Coleman are some of her illustrious predecessors who have been graced with the award, which was established in 1988 by Janet Hays Walker, the York's founding artistic director.

The English-born Walton has designed (with either costumes, sets or both) over four dozen Broadway productions since his 1961 debut (Once There Was a Russian). Of his 14 nominations for Best Set Design, he has won 3 Tonys--for Pippin, The House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls. The other nominations honored his work for the original production of Chicago, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Real Thing, The Front Page, the 1988 revival of Anything Goes, Lend Me a Tenor, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, She Loves Me (the 1993 Roundabout revival), Steel Pier, and the 2003 revival of Uncle Vanya Other credits as set designer include the original production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (for which he also designed costumes), Streamers, The Act, Woman of the Year, Hurlyburly, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Death and the Maiden and the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun. He has been nominated for two Tonys as Best Costume Designer--for The Apple Tree and the Anything Goes revival.

The Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Hotel is located at 145 West 44th Street. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 867-1117. Visit www.yorktheatre.org for more information.



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