Mary Louise Wilson Named Guest of Honor at 34th Annual Elliot Norton Awards

Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson will be the Guest of Honor at the 34th annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7 PM, at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre. The ceremony will feature nominated musical performances, the awarding of The Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, a post-ceremony party, and surprise appearances and performances. Tickets for the much anticipated evening are on sale at the Citi Center Box Office, at or by calling (866) 348-9738.

The awards are presented annually by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) (Don Aucoin, Jared Bowen, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Nick Dussault, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Kilian Melloy, Bob Nesti, and Ed Siegel) to honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers, and performers that audiences have seen on Greater Boston area stages throughout the year.

In announcing the Guest of Honor, Joyce Kulhawik, President of the BTCA, stated, "We stand in awe of Mary Louise Wilson's talent and achievements, and applaud her enduring career as a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actress, singer, comedienne, author, teacher, star of her just released documentary, 'She's The Best Thing In It,' and her tour-de-force performance as Letitia Peabody Primrose in last year's Broadway revival of 'On the Twentieth Century.' It is an honor to honor her!"

Special and honored guests at the awards comprise a who's who of distinguished artists who have graced Boston's stages, including: Lea DeLaria, Olympia Dukakis, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Al Pacino, Edward Albee, Brian Dennehy, August Wilson, Julie Harris, Sir Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, and Jason Robards.

Mary Louise Wilson was Big Edie in Grey Gardens (Tony Award), appeared in Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Obie Award), Fraulein Schneider in the Broadway revival of Cabaret (Tony Award nomination), and Mrs. Morehouse in the Roundabout Theater's The Women and most recently Letitia Primrose in Roundabout Theater's On The Twentieth Century. She portrayed fashion icon Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop which she co-wrote with Mark Hampton (Obie, Drama Desk awards). Other recent Off-Broadway plays include Love, Loss And What I Wore, Bosoms And Neglect at the Signature and Beard Of Avon at NYTW (Drama Desk nomination). Recent television appearances include: "Mozart in the Jungle," "Devious Maids," "The Sopranos," "Louie CK" and "Nurse Jackie." Film work includes: Nebraska, The Humbling, Step Mom, Klute, Green Card, She-Devil, Pet Semetary, Zelig and The Money Pit.

The Elliot Norton Awards are named for the eminent Boston theater critic Elliot Norton, who remained an active supporter of drama, both locally and nationally, until his death in 2003 at the age of 100. The Boston theater community carries on his legacy and can be proud of its remarkable growth at a time in our nation's history when the arts are struggling to survive.

The 34th annual Elliot Norton Awards will be held at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, on Monday, May 23 at 7 PM. Tickets are priced at $35.00; savvy shoppers will take advantage of $10 off the regular ticket price (available through May 1), using the code NORTIES10. Tickets are on sale at the Citi Center Box Office, at or by calling (866) 348-9738.

Photo by Walter McBride

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