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Broadway/Hollywood Legend Angela Lansbury to Be Honored at York Theatre Company Gala 11/16

Rick Miramontez / Philip Carrubba

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New York, NY (July 9, 2015)  The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director) will honor the legendary Angela Lansbury with the 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Guastavino’s (409 East 59th Street).

The Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by Dinner at 7:00, with Concert and Award Ceremony at 8:00 p.m.  For additional information, pricing and reservations, please visit www.yorktheatre.org, or call Julie Griffith at (212) 935-5824, ext 213, or via email at jgriffith @yorktheatre.org.

Angela Lansbury has enjoyed a career spanning nearly seventy-five years in film, stage and television.  Winner of five Tony Awards, she made her Broadway debut in 1957 as Bert Lahr’s wife in Hotel Paradiso. In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright’s mother in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey.  She starred in her first musical, Anyone Can Whistle in 1964, and in 1966 she triumphed as Mame winning her first Tony. She won Tonys for Dear World (1968), Gypsy (1974) and Sweeney Todd (1979). After a 23-year hiatus, she returned to Broadway in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s Deuce. In 2009 she won her fifth Tony Award as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.  She also appeared as Madame Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s classic A Little Night Music (2010), and in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012).  In 2013, she appeared in the acclaimed Australian tour of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, with James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines.

In March 2014 she again played Madame Arcati at London’s Gielgud Theatre for which she won the Olivier Award.  Previous London appearances were in the RSC’s production of Edward Albee’s All Over at the Aldwych, Gypsy by Arthur Laurents, Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim at the Piccadilly, and Hamlet co-starring Albert Finney at the National.

She has appeared in over 60 films starting with Gaslight at the age seventeen (first Academy Award nomination), The Portrait of Dorian Gray (second Academy Award Nomination), National Velvet, The Harvey Girls, Frank Capra’s State of the Union, Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah, The Court Jester, The Long Hot Summer, The Manchurian Candidate (third Academy Award Nomination), The World of Henry Orient and Death on the Nile. She was the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney’s, Beauty and the Beast and more recently, she co-starred in Emma Thompson’s Nanny McPhee and with Jim Carrey in Mr. Poppers Penguins.

From 1984-1996 she starred as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, the longest-running detective drama series in TV history, winning four of her six Golden Globe Awards.

She is recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors. In addition to her 5 Tonys, Olivier and 6 Golden Globes, she was nominated for 18 Emmys and 3 Oscars, and in 2013 was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures.  She is a member of the theatre and television halls of fame and recipient of the Silver Mask for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as well as the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television and Film. She was named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II and was invested at Windsor Castle on April 15, 2014.

She was married to motion picture executive Peter Shaw for 53 years. He died in 2003. She has three children and three grandchildren.

York’s Producing Artistic Director, James Morgan, said “We are delighted to be able to honor Ms. Lansbury.  We have tried for a number of years to make this event happen, and this time, the stars—and this star—aligned, and we are over the moon.  She is the personification of lifetime achievement in musical theatre, and the ceremony will be a part of the celebration of her 90th birthday a month before.”

The Oscar Hammerstein Award, named in honor of the prolific master lyricist, recognizes lifetime achievement in musical theatre.  The award is presented at an annual gala which benefits The York Theatre Company, and is presented with the endorsement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein Family. Past recipients include Lynn Ahrens &  Stephen Flaherty, Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Thomas Meehan,  Paul Gemignani and Barbara Cook.

The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James  Morgan since 1997, the York has focused primarily on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), and Off-Broadway and Broadway commercial transfers to of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of  Pacific Overtures  and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.

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