Joe Mantello & Cicely Tyson

2018 Theater Hall of Fame inductees include Joe Mantello, Cicely Tyson and more

The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Gershwin Theatre on November 12, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

This year's honorees for the Theater Hall of Fame have now been revealed and are set to be inducted on November 12, 2018, at The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. The event is scheduled to be hosted by Dana Ivey, a five-time Tony-nominated actress and previous Theater Hall of Fame inductee herself.

The eight chosen individuals include:

Director/actor Joe Mantello, who made his Broadway debut as Louis Ironson in Angels in America in 1993, also earning his first Tony Award nomination. Mr. Mantello has won 2 Tony Awards for directing (Take Me Out in 2003 and Assassins in 2004), and earned Tony nominations for helming Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995), Glengarry Glen Ross (2005), The Normal Heart (2011), The Humans (2016), and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women (2018).

Actress Cicely Tyson, who made her Broadway debut in Jolly's Progress in 1959 and was last seen on the Great White Way in the 2015 revival of The Gin Game. She won a Tony Award in 2013 for her performance as Mrs. Carrie Watts in a Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful.

Playwright David Henry Hwang, who is perhaps best known for his 1988 Tony Award-winning "Best Play" M. Butterfly. His other Broadway credits include ChinglishTarzanFlower Drum Song, and Aida, among others.

Actress Christine Baranski, who made her Broadway debut in 1980's Hide and Seek. She won Tony Awards for her performances as Charlotte in The Real Thing in 1984 and as Chris Gorman in Rumors in 1989. She last appeared on the Great White Way as Berthe in the 2008 revival of Boeing-Boeing.

 Actor René Auberjonois, who made his Broadway debut in King Lear and A Cry of Players in 1968. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Coco in 1970 and earned Tony nominations for his celebrated turns in The Good Doctor (1974), Big River (1985), and City of Angels (1990).

Playwright Maria Irene Fornes, who is perhaps best known for her 1990 Pulitzer Prize finalist drama And What of the Night? Her other most notable works include Promenade, Fefu and Her Friends, Mud, Drowning, and Abingdon Square.

Playwright Adrienne Kennedy, who has been a regular contributor to the off-Broadway scene, winning Obie Awards for Sleep Deprivation Chamber and June and Jean in Concert in 1996. Her other notable plays include Ohio State Murders and Funnyhouse of a Negro, among others.

Signature Theatre founder James Houghton, who will be inducted posthumously. Mr. Houghton also received a Lifetime Achievement Lucille Lortel Award in 2016, as well as a Regional Theatre Tony Award (for Signature Theatre) in 2014.

Founded in 1971, the Theater Hall of Fame honors theater professionals who have given at least 25 years of distinguished service to the American Theater. It was created by Earl Blackwell, James M. Nederlander, Gerard Oestreicher and L. Arnold Weissberger.

(Joe Mantello photo by Julieta Cervantes​ / Cicely Tyson photo by Joan Marcus)

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