The 2016 inductees include actors Glenn Close, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phylicia Rashad; costume designer Catherine Zuber; lyricist Sir Tim
Rice; playwright Marsha Norman; librettist Joe Masteroff; and producer Paul Libin.
Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman will host The 46th Annual Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will
be presented November 14 at 7:30 PM in the North Rotunda of the Gershwin Theatre.
Founded in 1971 by James M. Nederlander, Earl Blackwell and Gerard Oestriecher, the Theater Hall of Fame’s
primary mission is to annually honor lifetime achievement in the American theatre. To be considered for the ballot, the theatre professional must have 25 years on Broadway and five major production
credits or be an Off-Broadway or regional theatre founder or pioneer. The voters are United States theatre critics and drama editors.
I want to tell you a little about my new album called “Simply Broadway.”
This is the album that USA Today chose as “One of the
best albums of 2013”!
Its a brand new recording with an “old school” vibe--inspired by some of the greatest recordings
from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s.
One of my favorite recordings from that time was an album of standards by Tony Bennett and the
late great pianist, Bill Evans - just the two of them.
Each time I listen to it, I seem to hear those old songs in a fresh, new way. I’m amazed by the
intimate relationship of singer and song and the beauty, simplicity and depth that comes from saying most with the least. And when I listen in a pair of headphones it’s like getting my own
So I thought, “Hey - why not use that same classic approach with Broadway standards”? I
recorded 12 great songs from 12 great Broadway classics - shows like Company, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Les Miz, Sunday in the Park With George... all performed in the spirit of the
originals but with a fresh new OLD approach - beautifully recorded and with only 2 instruments: a stunning Steinway Hamburg 9-foot grand piano and a voice. In this case, of course, my voice.
The pianist is an extraordinary artist named Tedd Firth who I started working with 5 years ago at
my Carnegie Hall solo concert. We’ve wprked together ever since. We seem to hear, feel, think, eat and breathe music in a similar way. I like to tell myself that he is the pianist I would
have been had I stayed as dedicated to that instrument as I am to singing.
In the “old-school” spirit, we recorded the entire album together, in the same studio in the same
room at the same time - no baffles to separate us, no overdubs... no digital tuning. Just a singer and a pianist having a great time making music together with some great Broadway songs.