The American Theatre Wing will honor Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
The American Theatre Wing will honor Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, who was last on Broadway opposite James Earl Jones in a revival of The Gin Game, at its annual Gala September 26, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel, New York.
Cicely Tyson, Sardi’s, New York, 2013. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo and Adriane Lenox, as well as Tony Award nominees Danielle Brooks and Saycon Sengbloh will perform at the gala. Honorary Co-Chairs include Kathy Bates, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, and Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer. Marva A. Smalls, CeCe Black, and Anki Leeds will serve as Gala Chairs.
“Cicely Tyson exemplifies what the American Theatre Wing is all about, from her career-defining performances, to her passionate commitment to arts education via her namesake performing and fine arts school,” said Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the Wing, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor her at this year’s Gala.” The funds raised at the annual event will provide support for the Wing’s programs, which champion and celebrate American theatre and ensure that the next generation is “on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience,” according to a statement.
Past honorees have included James Earl Jones, Dame Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince, the Redgrave Family, Sir Howard Stringer, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Les Moonves, Isabelle Stevenson, Jerry Bock, Cy Coleman, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Strouse, Graciela Daniele, Kathleen Marshall, Susan Stroman, and Julie Taymor, among others.
After a 30-year hiatus from the New York stage, Tyson portrayed “Carrie Watts” in Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, for which she received rave reviews and the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Tyson may be best known for her double Emmy Award-winning performance as “Jane” in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (Best Lead Actress in a Drama as well as an unprecedented Special Emmy for Actress of the Year). She garnered an Academy Award nomination for Sounder and received her third Emmy Award for Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
The evening includes cocktails, dinner and performances. —Source Playbill & The American Theatre Wing
Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino will be covering the event. Please look out for our Photo-Article. Lisa Pacino was Miss Tyson’s personal photographer for the 6-month run of The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway.
Photography by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.
Cicely Tyson, Angela Bassett, and Ruby Dee, Broadway’s The Mountaintop Opening Night, New York, 2011. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr., Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful, New York, 2013. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Cicely Tyson and Liza Minnelli, New York, 2013. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Cicely Tyson and her Godson Lenny Kravitz, New York, 2013. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
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