This year’s recipients of the Tony Awards Honors for Excellence in the Theatre are two of the most successful General Managers in the industry: Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser. These honors began in 1990 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the Broadway theater but are not eligible to contend in any of the Tony Awards categories. This year’s honorees will be feted at the Tony Awards on June 11.
In making the announcement, American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens and Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said, “Nina and Alan are the driving forces behind some of Broadway’s most cherished and long-running musicals, and their individual contributions to the theatrical landscape, not only on Broadway but around the world, are exemplary. We are thrilled to honor them this year.”
Lannan has served as executive producer and general manager on more than 50 Broadway productions since she began as the assistant general manager on the musical “Cats” in 1980. She was the first woman to chair the Broadway League. Wasser runs three companies that specialize in theatrical general management, tour booking, and tour marketing across North America.
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